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Revenue Service Started Working to Shorten the Audit Process

The Revenue Service started working on  shortening  the tax audit deadline. A former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili  asked the legislature to take up the matter.

Ex-Primer and NGO  “Citizen” founder  called on the Parliament and the government to reduce tax audit process  and approach the  European practice.

“Commersant” contacted the Budget and Finance Committee to find out whether any legislation changes are planned.

The Committee Chairman Nodar Ebanoidze recognizes that  long audit  process causes some inconvenience that is  not good  and must be regulated. Ebanoidze notes that the Revenue Service is working on the issue, but at this stage it is unknown whether the initiative will be submitted to  the legislative body as legislative proposal or normative act.

Ebanoidze expects that this issue is likely to be submitted  to the Parliament for the spring session.

As for the talk about frequent tax audits, Ebanoidze doesn’t agree with this and cites the statistics provided by the Revenue Service. According to statistics, in previous years  in total  7 500 cases of tax audit were recorded, in 2014 this figure reduced to 3 000. In his words, when there is talk about the increasing number of tax inspections, the statistics show the opposite.

He says , there is no problem in terms of duration of the dispute terms. He again cites  the Revenue Service’s statistics, according to which, in 2014 disputes are delayed at the  request of  the checked  facilities.

He notes, therefore, there is no problem in this regard.

According to Khatia  Moistsrapishvili, the head of the Public Relations Department of  the Revenue Service,  the department, along with IMF experts, is working on improving auditing procedures, which  will significantly contribute to the optimization of inspection deadlines.
In addition, the Revenue Service has moved to thematic inspections, which will also reduce timeline.

Zurab Lalazashvili, a member of the Business Association of Georgia, told “Commersant”  about the need to improve the tax audit’s approach and noted that tax audit needs a systematic approach and methodology.