Open Governance
Peng Qinghua Visits Sichuan Provincial Tax Service, Sichuan Provincial Department of Finance

  On October 19, Peng Qinghua, Secretary of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, went to Sichuan Provincial Tax Service and Sichuan Provincial Department of Finance, where he inspected the fiscal and taxation work of the province, visited the cadres and staff, presided over a special meeting and delivered a speech respectively. He stressed the need to firmly follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, conscientiously implement the fundamental policies of the CPC Central Committee and the decisions and plans of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, grasp the new stage and new characteristics to promote the high-quality development of fiscal and taxation work, better serve the central task and overall interests of the province, and make greater achievements in promoting the governance of Sichuan to a new level in the new era.

  Peng began the tour with a visit to Sichuan Provincial Tax Service, where he visited the exhibition of tax relics in Sichuan-Shaanxi Soviet Area, and affirmed the practice that the provincial tax service makes good use of revolutionary resources to carry out Party history study and education, and guide tax cadres to carry forward the revolutionary spirit and inspire the power to forge ahead. During the tour to Sichuan Provincial Tax and Electricity Index Office and Sichuan Tax Big Data Decision-making and Command Center, he chatted with cadres and staff members, listened to the briefing on the construction and improvement of the indicator system of "tax and electricity index of economic prosperity" to assist the dynamic monitoring of the province's economy, and inquired about the implementation results of tax policy effect analysis and follow-up evaluation of tax reduction and exemption policies by using big data. He said that efforts should be made to continuously improve operational mechanism, statistical metrics and indicator system, and enhance the ability to monitor economic performance as the establishment of the "tax and electricity index" is a pioneering work in the province, embodies the wisdom and painstaking efforts of the tax and electric power authorities, and plays an important reference role for Party committees and governments to accurately and objectively analyze the economic situation, implement economic decision-making management and macro-control, and tax authorities to better understand the operation of enterprises.

  Then, Peng presided over a special meeting, where he listened to the reports by responsible comrades from Sichuan Provincial Tax Service, Sichuan Electric Power Company of State Grid and Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Statistics on the application and expansion of "tax and electricity index", strengthening the analysis and decision-making of economic development situation, etc., and fully affirmed the contribution of all units to the overall promotion of epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development, as well as the achievements in the province's taxation undertakings. He said that taxation is the most important and standardized form for the state to participate in the distribution of national income, and it plays a significant role in promoting the steady and long-term development of the economy and social stability and harmony. Facing the new situation and new tasks, the provincial tax service should carry out the work creatively according to the reality, further optimize the tax and fee service, deepen the reform of taxation system, and promote the high-quality development of tax work in the new era. It should organize tax and fee revenue scientifically in accordance with the law, explore the establishment of a quality evaluation index system for tax and fee revenue, comprehensively promote digital upgrading and intelligent transformation of tax collection and administration, crack down on tax-related violations, and continuously improve the modern tax governance system. It need to implement various tax and fee cut policies, further optimize "non-contact" tax and fee payment services, ensure that the benefits of policies reach market entities directly, and better stimulate their vitality. It should further expand the application scenarios of "tax and electricity index", accelerate the construction of special "tax and electricity index" of economic development, modern industry and innovation-driven development, and form a multi-dimensional and diversified "tax and electricity index cluster" to better assist the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and the People's Government of Sichuan Province in scientific decision-making. It should give full play to the advantages of the dual leadership system, establish and improve cross-level, cross-system, cross-department and cross-business coordination mechanisms, and build a multi-party coordinated tax administration pattern. It should strengthen the Party's overall leadership of tax work, and build a tax iron army that makes great efforts and behaves with integrity. Party committees and governments at all levels in the province should vigorously support tax work and create favorable conditions for tax departments to carry out their work.

  As China enters the new stage of development, the internal and external environment of public financial operation is undergoing profound changes, which puts forward higher requirements for the fiscal work of the whole province. Peng is very concerned about this. At Sichuan Provincial Department of Finance, he watched demonstrations of provincial-level supervision over the implementation of the "all-in-one card" of government subsidies to benefit the people in need and farmers through information-based means, and demonstrations of the monitoring of the whole process of directly allocating budgetary funds from the central government to prefecture- and county-level governments, understood in detail the improvement of fiscal management level and allocation efficiency of financial resources in the province, and affirmed the achievements of fiscal work in the province since this year. He said that as the provincial finance department is in charge of the province's "purse", it holds an important position and bears broader responsibilities. It should continue to focus on the important tasks of ensuring the balance of revenue and expenditure, formulating fiscal and tax policies, implementing fiscal supervision, and maintaining financial and economic order, make overall planning and allocation of funds, make full use of the assistance fund, and make greater contributions to promoting the economic and social development of the province.

  At the subsequent special meeting, Peng listened carefully to the report of the responsible comrade of Sichuan Provincial Department of Finance on "ensuring stability on six key fronts", "maintaining security in six key areas", and promoting the improvement of the quality and efficiency of proactive fiscal policies, and put forward requirements for promoting high-quality fiscal development in the new stage. He said that, as China enters the 14th Five-year Plan period and starts a new journey, the provincial finance department should always adhere to the principle of "upholding the leadership of government over finance and playing the assisting role of finance for government", strengthen pre-assessment and analysis of the economic situation under regular epidemic prevention and control, continue to improve the design of cross-cycle fiscal and tax regulation policies, improve public finance governance capacity, and play a greater role in serving and integrating into the new development paradigm. It should effectively implement proactive fiscal policies, ensure that fiscal resources are collected in a proper way, managed in a prudent manner, used effectively, and administered in a well-regulated manner, ensure that policy supply is timely, proper and efficient, strengthen the development of key sources of government funds, establish a modern budget management system, use government funds more efficiently, and strictly control expenditures that are not urgently needed or not rigid, so as to ensure sound fiscal operations. It need to make precise efforts with the focus on the major plans of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, such as accelerating the construction of Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle, continuously expanding domestic demand and building a modern industrial system, improve the integration of fiscal policies and the effectiveness of financial funds, and strengthen the guarantee function of expenditure in key areas. It should balance development with safety, prudently reduce local government debt, strengthen dynamic monitoring and allocation guarantee of treasury funds, and resolutely guard against and defuse risks and hidden dangers. It should tighten financial discipline, improve the system for checking and supervising the exercise of fiscal power, launch special campaigns to address prominent problems, and make fiscal work more law-based and standardized. It should continue to improve conduct and discipline, pay close attention to the implementation of internal control system, and build political organs with clean and honest conduct. The CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and the People's Government of Sichuan Province will continue to support the development of fiscal undertakings and create a favorable environment for promoting the high-quality development of fiscal affairs in Sichuan.

  Provincial leaders Luo Wen and Yu Lijun, as well as heads of relevant provincial departments also participated.

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