Simplify laws for easy tax collection: CVC
New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission on Thursday emphasised on simplification of indirect tax laws - service and excise - to ensure that they are not wrongly interpreted and facilitate in easy tax collection.
"Simplification of tax laws will be a welcome step. As far as possible, make it simple so that it is not subject to interpretation differently by different parties.
"For example, if two Commissioners interpret laws in different ways then there will be problems. Similarly a tax payer and his lawyer, they interpret it in different ways. Then there is a question mark whether the law is currently effective or requires any amendments," Vigilance Commissioner J M Garg said while inaugurating a conference here.
He said although a lot of efforts are being made in this direction but still there is a continuous need to find ways as to how these laws can be made simpler so that it is easier for tax collectors and payers.
"Instead of forcing them to pay taxes, they should voluntary pay taxes," Garg said at the conference on transparent and robust vigilance mechanisms organised by Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
He said introduction of Goods and Service Tax will be a good step as it will add to simplification of the process of paying and collection of taxes.
Simplification of indirect tax collection laws will help in resolving disputes also, the Vigilance Commissioner said.
"Sometimes decisions (made by officers) are at variance which look odd. That is why disputes are there today in tax collection. You know how much amount is today held up in tax collection due to disputes...There has to be a dispute settlement mechanism within the department so that tax collection is made simpler and there is a less pressure on tax collection machinery," he said, suggesting the authorities to devise ways to facilitate smooth tax collection.
Garg said there was a need to clear the negative connotation attached to the Vigilance that it is an obstruction in operational work.
CVC, in fact, is a tool to help officers, he said.
"No law can check corruption. If we want to vanish corruption from the society then we need people of strong character," Garg said, asking the officers to carry out their duties with utmost sincerity.
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chairman Praveen Mahajan and revenue secretary Sumit Bose, who were also present at the conference, emphasised on effective vigilance administration.