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Taiwan TRC recess proposal opposed by Vice Premier

A file photo of Vice Premier Paul Chiu. Chiu opposed to the recess proposal made by some commissioners of the Tax Reform Commission on Oct. 27, asking...

A file photo of Vice Premier Paul Chiu. Chiu opposed to the recess proposal made by some commissioners of the Tax Reform Commission on Oct. 27, asking...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The sixth meeting of the Tax Reform Commission was held yesterday. Many commissioners, dissatisfied with tax reform policies formulated by the Executive Yuan before the TRC made a decision, tried to boycott the session by proposing that the meeting go into recess.

According to TRC members, the senior advisor of the TRC, Chen Ting-an (陳聽安) said at the beginning of the session that the duties of the TRC were to plan long-term taxation policies, and that short-term measures could be left to individual departments to decide. In the wake of the global financial storm, however, the TRC could only discuss tax reductions and not tax increases. Therefore he proposed adjourning the commission until economic stability could be restored. His proposal was endorsed by many other scholars. It was the first time a recess has ever been proposed in the TRC.

The session continued when Vice Premier Paul Chiu (邱正雄) opposed the proposal after two hours of discussion. Due to a lack of time, however, the TRC could only discuss its future aims instead of substantial issues.

A commissioner pointed out that Chiu attempted to appease commissioners by suggesting that the TRC could bring up short-term, mid-term, and long-term taxation policies. Discussions in the TRC are critical during economic crises, said Chiu. Finance Minister Lee Shu-de (李述德) added that the Ministry of Finance respected and valued the professional knowledge of the TRC commissioners and at any rate, the TRC could not be adjourned.


by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-03-08 15:51 GMT+08:00