New Delhi, Jun 16 (IBNS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing tax administrators on Thursday, said while there should be respect for the rule of law among all citizens, and even fear of the long arm of the law for those who evade taxes, people should not fear tax administrators.
He was addressing them at the at the Rajasva Gyan Sangam, or the Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016, organised by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC),
Some of the officers present expressed their views on diverse subjects such as digitization, voluntary tax compliance, facilitation for taxpayers, increasing the tax base, upgradation of digital and physical infrastructure for tax administrators etc when invited by the PM to give their suggestions.
Prime Minister Modi stressed on the need for tax administrators to engender trust in the system. Citing the example of the “Give it up” initiative for voluntarily giving up gas subsidy, he said that the tax base too could be increased significantly, provided the tax administrators can demonstrate the leadership to bring about a change.
The Prime Minister outlined a five-point charter for tax administrators – RAPID: R for Revenue, A for Accountability, P for Probity, I for Information and D for Digitization.
Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Misra, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, and chairmen of CBDT and CBEC were present on the occasion.