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FM for tax reforms and quick decisions to ensure stability


Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley

New Delhi: Ahead of the Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today underlined the need for tax reforms and quick decision making to ensure stability in policy regime.

The Minister also asked the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) officials to maintain certain level of civility with assessees but to take to task the evaders and avoiders.

“Those who are liable to pay must pay…no evader or avoider must be allowed to go scot-free. At the same time, the levels of civility that we require in dealing with assessees will have to be very logical, very cogent,” he said at an Investiture Ceremony to honour customs officials.

“In order to make best use of this opportunity, we have to address two major concerns that is quick decision making and stability in policy matters, and reforms in tax structure and administration,” he said.

“There is need for change both in attitude and mindset towards investors’ and assesses. We need to have a non-adversarial tax administration which is both investors’ and assesses’ friendly,” he said.

Jaitley, who is scheduled to present the Budget in Lok Sabha on February 28, expressed confidence that the fiscal deficit target of 4.1 per cent of the GDP for the current fiscal would be met.

“Even though the revenues have been challenging due to slow manufacturing industry, now, it is turning around and it looks like we will be able to meet our fiscal targets,” he said.

Revenue collections which was affected due to low manufacturing in the last 2-3 years are also turning around. Forex reserves are good and Current Account Deficit (CAD) position is much better, he added.

Current account deficit stood at USD 10.1 billion or 2.1 per cent of GDP in July-September quarter of this fiscal, up from 1.2 per cent during the year ago period due to rising gold imports.

The current account deficit (CAD) is the net difference between inflows and outflows of foreign currencies.