By Aynur Karimova
Azerbaijan's tax policy contributes to strengthening the economy and ensuring the economic security of the country.
This statement was made by Head of the Parliamentary Economic Policy Committee Ziyad Samadzade on the sidelines of the scientific and practical conference titled "The role of tax policy in continuous development of Azerbaijan" in Shamakhi on June 5.
He told journalists that in recent years Taxes Ministry has been working hard to improve the tax administration system.
"Furthermore, the latest information technologies are being applied in the tax system, and they contribute to the timely collection of tax payments, which play a significant role in the formation of budget revenues," Samadzade noted.
He also said today Azerbaijan is focusing on an innovative economy, and it is necessary to further improve the tax system to achieve this goal .
Azerbaijan improves tax system
National tax system has passed a thorough process of modernization since technological base of the tax system was established. The system has a wide range of technical capabilities. Today, the country's tax system offers taxpayers most of tax services used in the most advanced countries.
According to the World Bank, Azerbaijan is in the list of 12 leading countries in terms of the successful use of an electronic registration system of taxpayers.
The Taxes Ministry provides Azerbaijani population with 59 types of electronic services, which is the widest range of e-services delivered by state agencies. There are 481 e-services of government agencies in Azerbaijan, 320 of them are integrated into the portal of "electronic government".
Today, the businessmen in Azerbaijan can fulfill all obligations on the Internet without visiting the tax authority. Filing of tax returns, fulfillment of tax obligations and all of the processes that connect users with the tax authority have been electronized. Approximately 90 percent of taxpayers impose tax returns in electronic form.
Innovative achievements have improved the VAT administration. Some of its functions are application of the VAT deposit account, electronic tax invoices, integration with the banks in the real-time, application of remote transmission in the cash registers, provision of a system of electronic correspondence between the tax authorities and taxpayers, the application of the system of electronic payment of taxes.
As a result of implemented measures, over the past 15 years the volume of taxes and other revenues of the state budget have increased 14 times, the revenue from non-oil sector, 14.4 times, and the proceeds from the regions, 14.8 times.
Azerbaijan also intends to continue fruitful tax policy in the future. The country plans to establish a Tax Ombudsman Institute and institutions for private tax consultation in the near future.
The other priorities of the future tax policy include the improvement of personnel training by using modern methods of education, increasing international cooperation and integrating the tax legislation into the international tax system, the expansion of coverage and the improvement of electronic services, and the improvement of fiscal and regulatory functions of the tax policy.