Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the government is committed to moderate tax rates and is working towards modernising administration to minimise transaction cost and maximise taxpayer convenience.
Tax administration, he said, is faced with new challenges that include allocation of taxing rights and sharing of taxable income between countries from cross-border deals, besides increasing tax revenues and providing quality service to tax payers.
Chidambaram was addressing the heads of the Revenue Department of BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. India holds the chair of the grouping.
"India has been modernising its tax administration in a way that will minimise transaction costs and maximise taxpayer convenience, without compromising the deterrence factor," he said.
Chidambaram, who is scheduled to unveil the Union Budget for 2013-14 on February 28, said the government is committed to a stable tax regime, moderate tax rates, non-adversarial tax administration and a fair mechanism for dispute resolution.