Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday asked the excise and taxation commissioner to tour towns and cities of the state to take feedback from traders about ways to rationalise and simplify the tax collection system.
Presiding over a meeting of senior officials of the excise and taxation and finance departments, the deputy CM said a new policy framework should be ready by July 1. Sukhbir said he was in favour of reducing taxes: "We must rationalise the tax structure so that traders do not shy away from paying tax." He reiterated that the collection system should hassle-free and involve minimum paperwork.
There was also a suggestion that up to a certain limit traders should be asked to pay only a certain renewal fee which would end the need to keep any books. He said different categories of taxpayers could be created to regulate collection, and that traders could even be issued stickers on behalf of the department which they could affix on their premises.
LIST OUT ILLEGAL MARRIAGE PALACES
Discussing the issue of rationalising licence fee of marriage palaces, the deputy CM asked the excise department to make a list of licensed as well as illegal 'marriage palaces' (wedding halls) running in the state. He said besides conducting the mapping exercise by July 1, the excise department should also create data of top 50 marriage palaces in state.
Sukhbir said he visualised a system whereby all marriage palaces could be grouped according to their turnover following which lump sum fee could be charged. "We can also issue a unique identity number to each marriage palace to make it easy for them to interact with the department," he added.
Financial commissioner (taxation) DP Reddy and excise and taxation commissioner Anurag Verma attended the meeting.