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Vice President calls for further simplifying the tax system

VP emphasises the need to continue efforts toward creating a stable, user friendly and transparent tax regime

Technology a great enabler in creating a taxpayer-friendly administration: Vice President

Interaction between taxpayers and taxmen should be characterized by a spirit of trust, transparency and mutual respect: Vice President

Be receptive to new ideas and adopt best practices from across the world – VP to civil servants

Vice President addresses the Valediction Ceremony of the 74th Batch of IRS (Income Tax) in Nagpur

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for further simplifying the tax system to promote voluntary compliance and reduce litigation.Appreciating the government’s efforts to do away with complex and tedious processes, he called for intensifying the efforts toward creating a stable, user friendly and transparent tax regime in the country.

Addressing the Valediction Ceremony of the 74th Batch of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) at National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT) at Nagpur today, the Vice President observed that technology can be a great enabler in our endeavour toward creating a transparent and taxpayer-friendly administration. “Leveraging digital technology is crucial for financial inclusion, ease of service delivery and plugging leakages from various welfare schemes,” he added.

Observing that the country expects a high order of efficiency and integrity from all civil servants, the Vice President asked the officers to set a high benchmark, improve the system to make a positive difference in the lives of people. “We are not content with the status quo. We want to convert our Swaraj into Suraj or good governance,” he stressed.

Recognising the important role of Indian Revenue service in nation building through tax collections, Shri Naidu wanted them to demystify the tax laws and procedures so that tax compliance becomes the norm and citizens pay taxes on time, willingly and effortlessly. Citing an analogy from Mahabharata, he said that a ruler should extract taxes from the people in the same way as honey bee extracts nectar from the flowers without harming the flower itself.

Referring to several tax reforms in recent years such as focus on litigation management to avoid repetitive appeals, Faceless Regime and adoption of the Taxpayers’ Charter, the Vice President complimented CBDT for ushering in these far-reaching policy measures. “I firmly believe that interaction between taxpayers and taxmen should be characterized by a spirit of trust, transparency and mutual respect,” he said.

Referring to 75th independence year celebrations, the Vice President lauded the remarkable role played by the civil servants not only in maintaining the unity, integrity and security of our nation but also in enhancing its dignity in the comity of nations and fostering national development in different domains. He hoped that the passing out officers will keep that same spirit of service and dedication to constitutional values in their individual career. “This is vital for enhancing your efficiency and enriching the quality of lives of people you will serve,” he added.

Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Energy Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Nitin Raut, Chairman CBDT, Shri  J.B. Mohapatra, Pr. DG, NADT, Shri Praveen Kumar, ADG (Induction), NADT, Shri B. Venkateshwar Rao, ADG (Planning & Research), Dr Vinay Kumar Singh, Course Director, Shri  Rishi Bishen, officers of the 74th batch of IRS and others were present on the occasion.

 

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