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ICAI has submitted its Pre-budget Memoranda – 2014  to Government. In its Memoranda it has taxpayers should be given due respect and be treated as a client. In fact there should be a system where the taxpayer paying tax, beyond a certain limit, is provided priority services.

Extract From ICAI Pre-Budget Memorandum

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Foremost requirement – Respect the “Taxpayer”

Issue/Justification

The revenue of the Government of India is sourced through taxation, be it direct taxes/indirect taxes at central / state level. Even though the “taxpayer” is the only source of revenue, he is not respected by the Department. In fact, he is harassed and looked upon with suspicion. The shift of the Department from manual to electronic and formation of CPC, Bengluru and CPC(TDS) is remarkable, but the taxpayers are still facing issues and feel harassed as they are unable to find solution to system generated issues. Taxpayers who share a part of their income with the government as a partner in nation building are not getting their due respect. Today the taxpayer wants to comply with legal requirements and wants a hassle free life. However, still they are viewed as tax evaders. In all private organizations, the client who is the source of income is highly valued. In fact priority services are provided to members who add on more to the income of the organization. The government of India should treat the “taxpayer” as  its client since he is the only source of revenue.

Suggestion
The taxpayers should be given due respect and be treated as a client. In fact there should be a system where the taxpayer paying tax, beyond a certain limit, is provided priority services. Like the taxpayer contributing tax more than 25 Lakhs may be issued a Gold card, like wise taxpayers contributing more than 1 crore may be issued a Platinum card. These cards may have certain services attached to them like home service for preparation or renewal of AADHAR card / ration card/ driving license/passport etc and the like. For other taxpayers, services like online grievance portal, instant posting of all related orders in the account of the assessee, proper sitting arrangements in the Income tax offices and the like be provided. This attitude towards taxpayers, if adopted, would undoubtedly improve tax compliance thereby increasing the tax base.

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0 responses to “Foremost requirement – Respect the “Taxpayer” – ICAI”

  1. Kaushik says:

    Bad Idea, it is duty of every citizen to pay tax to Govt..easy rules and easy facilities to submit tax and returns should be provided by the Govt. Schemes like Tax Return preparer, provide assistance through Other financial and law knowledgeable pepople to help tax return etc required..122Crs of population and only 65000 CAs can’t handle these volumes

  2. Jerish says:

    Hi all
    Citizens will be happy to pay the taxes whether they are to be incentivized in terms of their limit of payments. Toward which, there should be a correct mechanism in processing of the returns filed by them. Do not create hassles among them by repetitive sending of notos specialy relating to TDS.

  3. VP Venkatraman says:

    All tax payer should be treated with respect, irrespective of the quantum of tax he pays.

  4. VikramKumar Thanvi says:

    Salaried people should be given due respect as they are the most genuine tax payers and for this the limits should start from 1 lakh 5 lakh and 10 lakh. Nice step by ICAI, this will change the face of the system.

  5. CA. Subhash Chandra Podder says:

    I would like to appreciate the efforts/ suggestion given by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to Finance Ministry in their Pre-Budget Memorandum 2014-2015 , Tax payers should be respected by the Income Tax department. Incentive scheme as stated is not the base factors . If it is implemented then my view is to introduce from the grass route , they are the majority . Besides Income tax a beggar also paying Indirect taxes for purchasing of their necessities. They need to purchase so many things for their survival . we are not thinking them . swami Vivekananda has rightly said ” O mother , what do I care for name and fame when my mother land remains sunk in utmost poverty ! to what a sad pass have we poor Indians come when millions of us die for want of a handful of rice , and here they spend millions of rupees upon their personal comforts ! who will rise the masses in India ? who will give them bread ? Show me , O Mother , how I can help them ? Think over for the masses.” ICAI recommended for Gold , Platinum , cards as rewards ?
    CA. Subhash Chnadra Podder ,FCA
    Kolkata
    08/06/2014

  6. MANIKCHAND DALMIA says:

    In my view another criteria should be those who are filing returns for 30- 40 and 50 years and having no/less litigation must be rewarded with same facility. Why only big tax payer only and not honest tax payer irrespective of amount paid ? Honesty cum loyality also be rewarded.

  7. Rajesh, Mumbai says:

    Good article. But limit of 25 lacs / 1 crore is very high. Individual tax payers paying more than 25 lacs as taxes will hardly be 10000 in India. So the limit should be 1 lac, 5 lac, and 10 lacs of taxes for different services stated under silver, gold and platinum card.any way author has contemplated good initiative.

  8. PK says:

    I would like to appreciate this effort from the institute. I also hope the new FM and his team will pay attention to this. If I understand correctly the previous FM has told on some channel that the targets are deliberately kept higher.

  9. Rakesh says:

    A very good suggestion but it might take its own time in implementing the same but with the fast changes and the pace with which BJP PARTY has given its priority, we expect the effectiveness of the suggestion and people’s reaction to the action likely to show the outcome.. Rakesh –

  10. Rakesh says:

    A very good suggestion but it might take its own time in implementing the same but with the fast changes and the pace with which BJP PARTY has given its priority, we expect the effectiveness of the suggestion and people’s reaction to the action likely to show the outcome.. Rakesh

  11. s sudarshana says:

    Suggestion: Similarly, some recognition is required to those tax payers who are donating and claiming deduction u/s 80-G upto 100% i.e. 10% of the income will only will qualify for deduction u/s 80-G.

  12. VENKAT says:

    This means respect rich people. do not care for not rich. alternative suggestion. give gold or platinum card for those who regularly pay taxes without serious misdemeanors for the previous ten years.

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