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.