Addl Inputs Sought - Corruption in Business Taxes

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Corruption related to Business Taxes - Key Solutions

1. The business houses must be instructed by the IT department to use certain software, which would make their financial reporting transparent
2. A strict tab should be kept on the income of the IT inspectors
3. Inspectors caught taking bribes should be criminally prosecuted
4. CA firms advising businesses on tax frauds should have their licenses cancelled permanently
5. Fines of up to 50 times should be imposed on businesses caught indulging in tax frauds
6. The authority and discretion of the IT officials should be reduced through introduction of systems and they must be made accountable for their work through KRAs
7. A committee should be formed to review the business tax system and plug the loop holes which are exploited by corporates
8. Tax authorities should work on a proactive system which catches irregularities and minimizes harassment and discretion
9. Where irregularities are found via systems, surprise audits must be done as a check and balance
10. Business income tax rules should be simplified so that businesses do not need a third person to interpret them
11. GST should be introduced as soon as possible
12. Not issuing a ‘pucca receipt’ for any sale should be made a criminal offence
13. Processes should be made system driven and human intervention should be reduced
14. Fixing up a time frame and removing all discretionary powers by then will greatly minimize opportunities to accept bribes.

Business Tax Corruption - Issues and Root Causes

1. Huge sum of money goes as fixed bribe from large export houses to customs department through intermediaries
2. To close the Income Tax and VAT assessments the higher ups takes bribes worth lakhs of rupees
3. Businesses bribe IT officers to overlook their tax frauds
4. CAs advice businesses of ways to save on taxes illegally
5. Typically, a business entity decides how much income tax it would pay. Accordingly, the books of accounts are adjusted by booking purchases, expenses etc. very often through sham transactions
6. Businesses collude with their partners to show losses and save on taxes
7. Businesses get a part of their pending taxes waived off by paying bribes
8. They also get penalties cancelled by bribing the officials
9. Officials sometimes simply send notices to many organizations for hassle value and creating more opportunities to earn bribes
10. CAs have always been dealing with IT officers a certain way and hence tend to flout rules assuming things cannot be done by following the process
11. Businessmen, Chartered Accountant & Officials of different departments join hands to exploit the loopholes in the rules
12. IT officers accept bribes to make easy money on the side
13. One of the best ways for a business to save on taxes is to show losses
14. Income tax officials also misuse the powers that they have to force businesses to pay bribes
15. There is a lack of surprise checks for large businesses by IT officials
16. Monthly payments are made to the IT inspectors by businesses to keep the collusion under wrap
17. Cases of such corruption haven’t been strictly dealt with, by the judiciary
18. Business income tax rules are complex and not easily understandable
19. High rate of taxes is also another reason for corruption. more  

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Bribing is a common thing and went upto the root level of any government body (state or central) and posting such messages are useless unless strong actions like doing surprise raids in sales tax/RTO/Revenue department/Customers and central excise etc places arresting the persons and dismiss from their posts and speedy judiciary with a minimum 10 years imprisonment and seizing the properties will give fear. Same applicable to politicians also. Definitely no chance in our nation more  
There should be Govt level scrutiny of all business houses, say having a turnover of 100Cr. They all should come under CAG. We have seen how Satyam. Mayatas like company, Kingfisher and may be Sahara and so many other companies are doing wrong transactions. Auditing through private auditors can be basic , CAG should scrutinize. This will give jobs to plenty of people and reduce draining of assets. The money eventually belong to public - may be through banks. losses of all companies are mainly through borrowed money from banks fin bodies. Then there is pressure to reduce interest rates - which actually support retired people living on savings. Again there is no gratuity or pension in most medium and small private companies which account for 70 -980 percent of employment. Or all non Govt employees. Businesses should be accounted through some standard soft ware like SAP , Tally etc and govt should take copy of entire data bases and scrutinize. Best regards, more  
Many a times business houses pay bribe the VAT Assessing authority & Income Tax dept personal, just to avoid any future harassment by the authority, in spite of having all the record perfect. Every Vat assessment with the collaboration of So called auditors collects Bribe. To avoid this, it should be done ONLINE assessment like Income Tax. more  
Telescopic punishment should be in place..where the person with more power be given higher punishment for the same crime. people in power enjoy command over others and so have to take more punishment for their crimes. more  
Very good points are compiled. Go ahead with the suggestions to the competent authority. more  
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