The General Department of Taxation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are holding a series of tax seminars in universities across the country to promote the importance of tax revenue.
The series of seminars, which began last month, will run until the end of December.
JICA chief adviser Muto Shizuki said during Tuesday’s seminar at Asia Europe University that education on what taxes can do is key to promoting its importance.
Mr Muto noted that there is a difference in perception on tax collection in Asian countries.
“Looking at the educational environments and experiences in the past, there are differences in education when it comes to tax issues,” he said. “We expect Cambodians to recognise the benefits of taxes in the future.”
“Now, we will have this tax seminar in 27 universities across the country,” Mr Muto added. “This a first in the history of Cambodia. We hope this activity will spread from university students to elementary students in the future.”
JICA has been helping develop capacity building in Cambodian government officials over the last ten years.
The Capacity Development of the General Department of Taxation under the Framework of PFM Reform is JICA’s latest initiative, which began in 2015.
“Through various activities like today’s seminar, tax revenues are expected to be increased in the future, and at the same time taxpayers will enhance their understanding of taxation,” Mr Muto added.
GDT deputy director Chhay Cheaheng said the country’s tax system has improved through reform.
“The reform has made big progress. It involves the facilitation of tax information – being able to pay taxes at a bank, tax calculation programmes, workshops, as well as information available on our website,” Mr Cheaheng said, adding that there are different types of taxes including income, property, home and transportation.
Ven Pheakdey, a banking student, yesterday said he attended the seminar to increase his knowledge.
“I came here to participate because my major is related to taxation and to understand the tax system in Cambodia,” Mr Pheakdey said. “I did study this before, but it wasn’t detailed. I will continue to study this as a course in the future.”
“Everyone is obliged to pay taxes for the development of Cambodia and this is the information that I got from the seminar,” he added. “It will be easy for us to spread the information to others as soon as they know how easy it is to pay taxes.”