New Delhi, September 7: President Ram Nath Kovind has said, tax collection should be a smooth process and there should be minimum discomfort to the tax-payer. He was addressing a group of probationers of 67th batch of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday.
He advised them to remember what Chanakya had said about tax collection in the Artha shastra that a government should collect taxes like a honeybee, which collects just the right amount of honey from the flower so that both can survive.
The President said that in a sense the young officers would drive GST- which is one of India’s biggest economic reforms since independence. He stated that this is the age of globalization and technological advance. This throws up enormous opportunities for trade and investment. It also, unfortunately, creates avenues for fraud and money laundering. It is their job to promote economic activity and curb fraud. Both these goals are important.
He said that the work they do has implications for India and for India’s reputation in the world as a trusted business destination, with a fair and predictable tax regime. He asked them to be mindful of this big responsibility.