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FRCS To Increase Engagement With Taxpayers

Mr Das said this is one of the reasons for the tax office efforts to simplify the tax system through reforms. We are committed to increase engagement with taxpayers to
20 Sep 2018 13:02
FRCS To Increase Engagement With Taxpayers
Fiji Revenue and Customs Service chief executive officer Visvanath Das engages with invited guests at the CEO’s Forum held at the Revenue and Customs Complex in Nasese, Suva on September 18. 2018.

Mr Das said this is one of the reasons for the tax office efforts to simplify the tax system through reforms.
We are committed to increase engagement with taxpayers to ensure voluntary compliance.
These were the words of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) chief executive officer, Visvanath Das during a CEO’s forum yesterday evening at FRCS complex in Nasese, Suva.
Mr Das, while speaking at the forum, highlighted FRCS’ commitment in working closely with taxpayers to increase revenue and help Fiji grow.
Mr Das said this is one of the reasons for the tax office efforts to simplify the tax system through reforms.
“Our role is not just simply enforcement; we would like to see the bigger picture that is to help Fiji grow,” Mr Das said.
We are here to provide clarity and increase engagement.”
“We have engaged in digital transformation.
“Two major digitalisation projects are Fiji’s ratification to the trade facilitation agreement therefore the need to look at single window approach and the $48 million New Tax Information System (NTIS).
“In this effort, we should appreciate the data cleansing effort undertaken.
“We need your cooperation.
“This in turn will assist you in getting better quality information from the tax office.”
Mr Das said the laws, reforms and new projects by the tax office is to create a deterrent effect.
“Through our Compliance Improvement Strategy 2017/2018, we have only 47 per cent compliance out of the 51,000 active business taxpayers,” Mr Das said.
“We can do much better if we take greater responsibility in terms of voluntary compliance.
“We want to work with you and want you to voluntary comply which saves the hassle of imposing penalties unnecessarily.”
Mr Das further emphasised this when asked by Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) CEO Fantasha Lockington – What is a priority area for FRCS?
“The Compliance Improvement Strategy is a key focus area for the organisation as it highlights high risk industries and how we will engage with them to improve compliance,” he said.
The CEO’s forum is one of the many avenues that FRCS is using to engage with taxpayers.
Source: Fiji Revenue and Customs Service
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