ICAI seeks inputs on Tax Administrative issues
As the members may be aware, the Government has set up a Tax Administration
Reform Commission with a view to review the application of Tax Policies and Tax Laws
in India in the context of global best practices. The Commission works as an advisory
body to the Ministry of Finance and recommends measures for reforms required in Tax
Administration to enhance its effectiveness and efficiency. The Commission has
identified the following four points in its Terms of Reference to be included in its first
report, which is to be submitted to Government within six months:
a. To review the existing organizational structure and recommend appropriate
enhancements with special reference to deployment of workforce
commensurate with functional requirements, capacity building, vigilance
administration, responsibility and accountability of human resources, key
performances indicators, staff assessment, grading and promotion systems,
and structures to promote quality decision-making at high policy level.
b. To review the existing business processes of tax administration including the
use of information and communication technology and recommend measures
best suited to the Indian context.
c. To review the existing mechanism of dispute resolution, time involved for
resolution, and compliance cost and recommends measures for strengthening
the process. This includes domestic and international taxation.
d. To review 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 and refunds.
The Direct Taxes Committee, Committee on International Taxation and Indirect Taxes
Committee of ICAI have endeavoured to provide inputs/suggestions to Tax
Administrative Reform Commission on the tax administration issues as mentioned
above relating to:
a) Direct Taxes (Including International Taxation)
b) Indirect Taxes
Members are requested to submit their suggestions by 5th February, 2014 by clicking
on the link below:
It is pertinent to mention that the focus of the Commission is on tax administration
reform and NOT on the general tax policy and legislation, thus you are requested to
confine your suggestions to the same.