Revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Monday urged taxpayers and whistleblowers to write to him personally about issues such as reform suggestions, instances of harassment and simplification of rules needed, and promised that all decisions regarding taxation would be just and fair, including those relating to foreign portfolio investors (FPIs).
Adhia, who moved to the revenue department from the financial services department where he was secretary after the reshuffle of top bureaucrats on Friday, said he would soon review the preparedness of all states to roll out the goods and service tax (GST). The new revenue secretary said increasing transparency in tax administration with the use of information technology was a priority. “What I hear from various sections of society and taxpayers is that we have got some complicated laws and on top of it, a lot of rules and notifications which really make taxation difficult to understand. Simplification of rules and procedures and transparency through the use of technology, will be the topmost item getting my attention in the next few months,” said Adhia.
He indicated the government would be just and fair when it takes a call on the 18.5% MAT demand raised by the tax department on the trading income of FPIs. The ministry is contemplating to give reprieve to FPIs as suggested by an expert panel.