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National Assembly debates amendments

Update: March, 20/2012 - 12:22

HA NOI – The Standing Committee discussed draft amendments to the Tax Management Law, aimed at reducing tax collection loss, preventing tax dodging and modernizing administrative procedures during its 6th session today.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung blamed tax dodging and illegal activities for dwindling tax collection, calling for the rights and responsibilities of taxpayers and tax officers, alongside strict punishment measures to be made clear.

He said that amendments should put forward the implementation of electronic tax management services.

Phung Quoc Hien, chairman of the NA's Finance and Budget Committee, said that based on initial investigations, many articles in the draft law were too general, including conditions for tax debt clearance and punishment.

He stressed that to ensure transparency and equity in clearing tax debt, it was necessary to work out specific criteria and co-operation regulations.

The Minister of Finance should be responsible for deciding tax debt clearance cases instead of the Government, he added.

To limit tax dodgers, the committee suggested that administrative punishment levels be pushed up dependent on the level of offence and money owed.

Hien said tax officers should take responsibility for wrong-doings related to tax collection according to appropriate punishment measures.

The committee further called for effective measures to control and investigate self-declaration and self-payment activities.

The draft law needs to clearly define the responsibilities of taxpayers in applying modern technologies to make tax declarations and payments via the internet and electronic code systems.- VNS

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