|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Provincial Revenue
the Ministry of Provincial Revenue approaches its third year of
operation, I am pleased to report that we have exceeded our primary
goal of increasing revenue collection on behalf of the province.
The ministry was created with a single focus on effective and
efficient collection of revenue owed to government — through
taxes, stumpage, overdue payments for various fees and loans, and
oil, gas and minerals royalties.
Revenue collection is necessary to fund the many services British Columbians
rely on, including those in priority areas such as health care and
education. Fair, equitable and efficient revenue collection continues
to be a key priority of this ministry.
Prior to the ministry's creation, government's overdue accounts
receivable were increasing dramatically. This year we began focusing
on an innovative long-term strategy aimed at reversing that trend
through the establishment of centralized collections and payment
systems. We are also increasing our enforcement efforts, and improving
taxpayer education in order to encourage voluntary compliance.
While I am pleased with our accomplishments to date, I am committed
to continually improving our performance. To that end, over the
past year we have implemented a number of technological advances
to streamline the ministry's processes and procedures.
The success we have had in meeting our objectives this year is
due to the hard work of our many dedicated and talented employees.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all ministry staff
for their continuing efforts and to congratulate them on their achievements
on behalf of the government of British Columbia.
Honourable Bill Barisoff