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Indian FinMin Wants Tax Officials To Be More Friendly

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

27 February 2014


The Indian Government has requested that tax officials act as "facilitators" rather than "administrators," and ensure that the system is as taxpayer friendly as possible.

J.D. Seelam, Minister of State for Finance (Revenue), said that there is no need to widen the tax base; instead, procedures should be simplified and made more transparent. Speaking at a function to mark Central Excise Day, he urged Customs and Excise staff to interact with stakeholders on a frequent basis, and to make the payment of tax a "status symbol," in order to encourage greater compliance.

India's Finance Secretary (Revenue), Suimt Bose, also addressed the event, expressing his satisfaction that the Central Excise Act has kept pace with changes in the country's economy. He did nevertheless echo Seelam's comments, calling on officials to be open, transparent, and honest in their dealings.

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