Facilitate tax payers through explaining the law, says FM

Faridabad: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the 69th batch of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officials at their passing out ceremony to become officers who can facilitate honest and willing taxpayers and empowering them to pay the tax.

“You all must play the role of ensuring that everyone who wants to pay the tax is facilitated by explaining the law, making them empowered enough to pay the tax. We want officials who will be facilitating tax payment and not somebody who sends a shiver down the spines of the tax assessee,” she said.

FM takes crying kids in stride: The proceedings began and a few children in the audience were heard crying, even as the parents tried hard to calm them. As Sitharaman took stage, she sought to reassure anxious parents saying, “I don’t want anyone to feel guilty if their children are making noise. I only wait for the day when those children join the next set of passouts.”