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Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC)
October, 24th 2013
                           PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU
                              GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
                     Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC)

                                                                  New Delhi, October 21, 2013
                                                                              Asvina 29, 1935

       Pursuant to the announcement made by the Hon'ble Finance Minister in his Budget
Speech 2013-14, the government set-up Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC) with a
view to reviewing the application of Tax Policies and Tax Laws in India in the context of global
best practices and to recommend measures for reforms required in Tax Administration to
enhance its effectiveness and efficiency. The term of the Commission is 18 months and it will
work as an advisory body to the Ministry of Finance. The Commission will give its first report
within six months and thereafter submit periodic reports after every three months.

        The Chairman of the Commission is Dr. Parthasarathi Shome, in the rank of Minister of
State. The Members of the Commission are as follows:

Full-Time Members:
     Shri Y.G. Parande
     Ms. Sunita Kaila

Part-Time Members:
     Shri M.K. Zutshi
     Shri S.S.N. Moorthy
     Shri M.R. Diwakar
     Shri S. Mahalingam

The Terms of Reference of the Commission are as follows:-

       To review the existing mechanism and recommend appropriate organizational structure
       for tax governance with special reference to deployment of workforce commensurate
       with functional requirements, capacity building, vigilance administration, responsibility
       and accountability of human resources, key performance indicators, assessment, grading
       and promotion systems, and structures to promote quality decision making at the highest
       policy levels.
       To review the existing business processes of tax governance including the use of
       information and communication technology and recommend measures for tax governance
       best suited to Indian context.
       To review the existing mechanism of dispute resolution covering time and compliance
       cost and recommend measures for strengthening the same. This includes domestic and
       international taxation.
       To review the existing mechanism and recommend capacity building measures for
       preparing impact assessment statements on taxpayers compliance cost of new policy and
       administrative measures of the tax departments.
       To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for deepening and widening
       of tax base and taxpayer base.
       To review the existing mechanism and recommend a system to enforce better tax
       compliance ­ by size, segment and nature of taxes and taxpayers, that should cover
       methods to encourage voluntary tax compliance.
       To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for improved taxpayer
       services and taxpayers education programme. This includes mechanism for grievance
       redressal, simplified and timely disbursal of duty drawback, export incentives,
       rectification procedures, tax refunds etc.
       To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for "Capacity building" in
       emerging areas of Customs administration relating to Border Control, National Security,
       International Data Exchange and securing of supply chains.
       To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for strengthening of
       Database and Inter-agency information sharing, not only between Central Board of Direct
       Taxes(CBDT) and Central Board of Excise and Customs(CBEC) but also with the
       banking and financial sector, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), Financial
       Intelligence Unit (FIU), Enforcement Directorate etc. and use of tools for utilization of
       such information to ensure compliance.
To review the existing mechanism and recommend appropriate means including staff resources for forecasting, analysis and monitoring of revenue targets. To review the existing policy and recommend measures for research inputs to tax governance. To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures to enhance predictive analysis to detect and prevent tax/economic offences. Any other issue which the government may specify during the tenure of the Commission. The Commission will be supported by a Secretariat and have its head quarters at Delhi. It will be provided information and quantitative data of Central Board of Direct Taxes / Central Board of Excise and Customs to do statistical analysis for making recommendations. The first meeting of the Commission was held on 21st October 2013. ******
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