Azerbaijan studies effective mechanisms on tax debt collection
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 6 / Trend A. Akhundov /
The Azerbaijani Tax Ministry has studied more flexible and efficient mechanisms to tax debts in the world, Main Administration of Tax Levy Organization official Ilkin Veliyev told media today.
He said studying new advanced technologies is a major problem for the first working group meeting on management of tax arrears of the European Organization of Tax Administrations (IOTA), which started in Baku today.
"The use of the practice of investigating debts with taxpayers started in Azerbaijan from August," he said. "We started inviting taxpayers, ill-informed about their debts, or who do not agree with their presence or amount, to jointly study these debts. About 25,289 persons have been invited since August 2011. About 20,217 persons or nearly 80 percent of their total number paid off debts voluntarily, without using the measures for enforcement collecting."
He said this practice is broadly used in the world. Before its use in Azerbaijan, the experience of Australia, Ireland, New Zealand was studied.
"A taxpayer may obtain the information about the amount, the reason of its appearance and structure of the debt via e-mail, SMS-messages, voice messages, notifications sent to work or home," he said.
He said that the operations are conducted to expand the sources of information on debtors.
"The more we receive information from third parties, the more it will help to make decisions about taxpayers," he said.
The experts on the management of tax arrears from 20 IOTA countries-members attend the meeting.
The Working Group will continue working until March 8.
IOTA is an intergovernmental international organization based on
membership of the tax administrations. The headquarters of the
organization is located in Budapest.
The official exchange rate is 0,7861 AZN/USD on March 6.