Chief Dr. P. B. Jayasundera said taxpayers were scared of the
Inland Revenue Department. While calling for a fresh approach,
Jayasundera emphasised that if taxpayers’ fear could be allayed,
IRD would be able to collect more revenue. The need, he
asserted, was to inspire taxpayers to volunteer their payments
on mutual understanding.
Addressing a seminar organised by the Kandy
Regional Office of the IRD on Saturday (01) at the Kandyan Arts
Residency, Peradeniya Road, Kandy, he expressed the belief the
relationship between the department and the tax-payers could be
strengthened only with a tangible change of attitude on the part
of the IRD officers.
A taxpayer, when entering an office of the IRD
should feel homely, he said. He shouldn’t be driven from pillar
to post, he said, asserting the mutual understanding between the
IRD and taxpayers would depend on the department facilitating
the tax paying process.
Jayasundera said the Tax Paying Community needed
expert guidance. "It is the practice of taxpayers to seek the
advice of private consultants. In the end, taxpayers end up
paying the private consultant much more than he pays the IRD,"