the Vice-President calls for further simplification of the tax system; addresses the IRS 74th Batch Farewell Ceremony

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called for further simplification of the tax system to promote voluntary compliance and reduce litigation.

Appreciating the government’s efforts to eliminate complex and cumbersome processes, he called for stepping up efforts to create a stable, user-friendly and transparent tax system in the country.

Addressing the approval ceremony of the 74th batch of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) at the National Academy of Direct Taxation (NADT) in Nagpur, the Vice President said technology can be a big catalyst in the effort to create a transparent and taxpayer-friendly administration.

“Harnessing digital technology is crucial for financial inclusion, ease of service delivery and plugging leaks from various social protection schemes,” he added.

He said the country expects a high level of efficiency and integrity from all public servants. The Vice President asked officers to set a high benchmark, improve the system to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

“We are not content with the status quo. We want to convert our Swaraj into Suraj or good governance,” he stressed.

The Vice President said the Indian Revenue Service plays an important role in nation building through tax collection. He said officers should demystify tax laws and procedures so that tax compliance becomes the norm and citizens pay their taxes on time, voluntarily and effortlessly.

Citing an analogy from the Mahabharata, he said a ruler should collect taxes from the people in the same way as the bee extracts nectar from flowers without harming the flower itself.

Calling effective tax administration the foundation of national development and one of the pillars of good governance, the Vice President stressed that tax collection must increase, but it must be done in a transparent and user-friendly manner, not arbitrarily.

Stressing the need to minimize the negative impact of taxation on taxpayers, he said, “if taxpayers continue to grow in their respective productive activities, national GDP and tax revenue will continue to grow.”

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut, CBDT Chairman JB Mohapatra and senior officers were present.

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