New Delhi: Claiming that a 'changed mindset' towards black money would increase tax revenue in the country, RSS on Thursday said the people having such wealth abroad should be addressed as "honest citizens" if they agree to pay tax on it.
Senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar said that people having hidden money abroad would not declare the amount if they are called "dishonest and thieves".
Opposition parties have attacked the Modi government over its alleged failure in bringing back black money as the BJP had 'promised' during the Lok Sabha campaign.
"I said (to Baba Ramdev) you all keep talking about black money but who will bring it back? Why would one prefer to be called dishonest and a thief? You should have said that any Indian having money abroad should bring it back and deposit 35 per cent of it with the government and he can keep the rest.
"The government would have received lakhs of crores of rupees. And if this money turns white, it will also become taxable. So, your tax revenue would increase manifold. Such people should be declared as honest citizens of India," he said.
Terming the existing tax-slab too high and a "slavery" for tax-payers, he said it should be brought down as such a move will encourage people to pay their taxes and increase revenue.