Izmir University of Economics (IUE) held a ‘Tax Consciousness Conference’ in order to increase tax awareness among students and inform them about the latest developments in that area. In his opening speech, Rıfat Engin, Tax Office Director of Izmir, pointed out the importance of tax for a strong state, and said, “In order for our country to sustain its development and reach a desired point worldwide, it has to be economically strong all the time. At this point, tax, which is the most essential source of income for our state, plays a major role for our future.”
Tax Consciousness Conference, one of the most comprehensive events held for young people on tax awareness, drew great interest of the students. Before the conference, students were handed out brochures detailing the importance of tax. Rıfat Engin, Tax Office Director of Izmir, Prof. Murat Aşkar, Rector of Izmir University of Economics, Ömer Alan, Group Head of Izmir Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Taxpayers, and a large crowd of academics attended the conference that took place at IUE Conference Hall. Assoc. Prof. Arıkan Tarık Saygılı, Member of Faculty of Business, moderated the almost two-hour conference in which Metin Sakarya, Acting Director of Group of Turkish Revenue Administration, Tandoğan Öztürk, Assistant Group Head of Izmir Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Taxpayers, Ömer Akbaş, Vice President of Chamber of Certified Public Accountants, and Turan Öztürk, Secretary of Chamber of Sworn-in Certified Public Accountants, delivered speeches.
ALWAYS KEEPING IT ON THE AGENDA
Rıfat Engin, Tax Office Director of Izmir, stated that they acted upon the perception of ‘tax is our future’, and they organized events on tax awareness throughout the year. Director Engin said, “Last week of every February is observed as the ‘Tax Week’. However, we do not want to limit this to a week, we want to increase awareness on tax throughout the year. The Revenue Administration continues to improve itself by welcoming all kinds of technological innovations in order to be able to meet the needs of modern society. It works hard to offer the most convenient services to taxpayers by maintaining a transparent, accountable, participative, and solution-oriented understanding. All the recent developments in technology are being utilized. Processes such as declarations, invoices, dispatch notes, etc. are carried to the electronic platform 99%. In order for our country to sustain its development and reach a desired point worldwide, it has to be economically strong all the time. At this point, tax, which is the most essential source of income for our state, plays a major role for our future.”
GENERATIONS Y AND Z WILL ADDRESS THIS
IUE Rector, Prof. Murat Aşkar pointed out that tax was the most important financial resource for states. The Rector said, “Tax is the most important tool for states in order to create the financial resources to be able to serve the citizens. We know that there have been various efforts to raise awareness on tax, on struggle with underground economy lately. At this point, we believe it is of utmost importance to explain the significance of tax to our students, who are the future businesspeople, investors, managers, and create awareness on this issue. I am confident that generations Y and Z will address this issue by offering different suggestions on easy access to tax, and easy payment topics.”