Vladimir Mau: Taxes are what unites us
How has the mentality of a Russian tax-payer developed? What helped the Russian Federal Taxation Service enter the list of the most advanced tax administrations of the world and what are its future steps to be taken? Vladimir Mau, Chairman of the Public Council of the Russian Federal Taxation Service and Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration spoke on the Taxes TV program about these and other issues.
Vladimir Mau noted that the stage of formation of a tax-payer democracy was omitted in Russian taxation history and, therefore, an opinion “I have to give something to the state so that they leave me alone” has developed. Currently, the situation is changing.
“Not to be a tithe collector but to be an advisor on carrying out one`s duties - this, in my view, is a remarkable achievement” –Vladimir Mau pointed out.
He reminded there were no taxes as such in the Soviet Union, and that is why in the early 90-s taxation system in Russia was established actually from scratch. Due to the efforts of the administration of the Taxation Service, the Ministry and now the Russian Federal Taxation Service we managed to implement modern technologies almost immediately.
“Thanks to the Taxation Service work all citizens of Russia felt as they are a part of the tax system. Thus, taxes are what unites us” – Vladimir Mau underlined.
When speaking about the operation of the Public Council of the Russian Federal Taxation Service Vladimir Mau put at priority solving the problem of taxation literacy. He observed that the services, which are currently available on the Taxation Service web-site, enable even the most illiterate people, who at least know how to operate a computer, to elevate their level of taxation literacy themselves.
“It is necessary to go on doing it. It is necessary to develop this body as a service entity. Computerization is needed as well. The more and more taxpayers will belong to the generation that will communicate by means of IT services and personal taxpayer offices only” – Vladimir Mau said.