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Aug 21, 2014 FBR Chairman strongly denies Association with any Facebook Account in his name

Mr. Tariq Bajwa, Secretary Revenue Division / Chairman Federal Board of Revenue has strongly denied having any association with a facebook account in his name, under the link www.facebook.com/tariq.bajwa.9469.
He has vehemently stated that this is a fake account, he is not associated with it in any way and all correspondence made on his behalf is false. The facebook administration has been contacted to block/remove the said fake account.
 

Shahid Hussain Asad
Member (Policy-IR)

Jul 25, 2014 FBR ISSUES MORE THAN 120,000 INITIAL NOTICES UNDER SECTION 144 OF INCOMETAX ORDINANCE, 2001

More than 120,000 initial notices (u/s 114 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001) have been issued – based on large potential fiscal liabilities and location to ensure the initiative is nationwide- and more than 38,000 second notices (under section 122C) which are to be followed by provisional assessment, collection procedures, and penal and prosecution proceedings.  So far, more than 17,000 individuals have filed returns as a result of the initiative. Provisional tax assessment (under section 122 of the law) has been made in more than 28,000 cases

                                                        Broadening of Tax Base Status as on 30.06.2014

Description

Status

First Notices issued

(Notice under section 114 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001)

120,350

Returns Received

17,314

2nd Notices  Issued

(Notice under section 122C of the Income Tax Ordinance,  2001)

38,413

Provisional Assessment Orders Passed

28,690

Demand Created

Rs. 11 (bn)

Tax Collected (with return and out of demand)

Rs. 306 (Mn)

The new policy measures taken through Finance Act 2014 to broaden the tax base include a new regime wherein different rates of withholding of Income tax for income tax return filers and non-filers on certain transactions have been introduced. This includes sale and purchase of immovable property, purchase, registration and transfer of ownership of motor vehicles, cash withdrawal from banks, and payment of profit on debt and dividend income. The higher rates of tax for non-filers will not only provide an incentive to non-filers to file returns and declare their income from all sources, but also provide a database to FBR for identification of potential taxpayers to be pursued of broadening of tax base initiative

Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (Public Relations) FATE Wing, Federal Board of Revenue,

Jul 23, 2014 Daylong seminar held to explain budgetary changes to tax officials

A one-day seminar on “Budgetary changes brought in through Finance Act 2014” was held at Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Headquarters here in the capital.
Member Facilitation and Taxpayers Education (FATE) FBR, Ms Riffat Shaheen Qazi chaired the seminar.  Officers from Regional Tax Office (RTO) Islamabad, RTO Rawalpindi, LTU Islamabad, RTO Peshawar and RTO Abbottabad attended the seminar. Chief Sales Tax and Automation Ashfaq Ahmed Tunio and Chief Income Tax Policy Malik Amjad Zubair Tiwana briefed the participants on the changes brought in through the said Act.
In his address, Chief Sales Tax and Automation Ashfaq Ahmed Tunio explained different aspects of Sale Tax and Federal Excise measures in steel sector, steel units in sugar mills, cigarettes, aerated waters, cement, travel by air, chartered flights and retailers.
Chief Income Tax Policy Malik Amjad Zubair Tiwana explained different features of amendments relating to Income Tax law through Finance Act 2014. He explained major amendments in withholding taxes, other revenue measures and relief measures taken by the government. He also made clear different aspects of withholding taxes, new withholding taxes, enhancing rates of existing withholding taxes, creating distinction between filer and non-filer, enhancing withholding tax rates, increasing cost of doing business for non-filers, increasing cost of doing business for non-filers, revision in token tax, advance tax on registration and transfer, reduction in withholding tax rates, expense allocation in banking companies and reduction in tax rates.
Speaking on the occasion, Acting Chairman FBR Shahid Hussain Asad underscored the role of FBR officials and staff in resource mobilization and revenue generation extremely vital for the economic independence and socio-economic development of the country. He lauded the FATE Wing for organizing the seminar to educate the FBR officers and explain to them the legal provisions introduced in the Finance Act 2014.
Earlier, Ms Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member FATE Wing welcomed the participants of the seminar and urged the officers to utilise their energies with dedication and commitment to achieve the revenue collection target set for the next fiscal year.
The briefing was followed by a questions-answers session. The participants raised different technical questions and they were answered accordingly.



Hamid Raza Wattoo
Secretary (PR)

Jul 04, 2014 NO NEW DISCRETIONARY POWERS GIVEN TO COMMISSIONERS THROUGH SRO 608(I)/2014 - FBR CLARIFIES

The news item captioned “FBR opens doors to corruption” published in a section of the press today on 04th of July, 2014 is not factually correct. Referring to SRO 608(I)/2014 dated 26.06.2014, it has been wrongly stated that Commissioners of Inland Revenue have been given extra discretionary powers.
 
The actual facts are that in accordance with the government’s policy to phase out the SRO regime, many concessions in existing SROs were either withdrawn or reduced in the Budget 2014-15. However, a limited number of concessions were continued due to their essential or socially sensitive nature, by way of transposition into the Fifth or Sixth Schedules to the Sales Tax Act, 1990. Since SRO 670(I)/2013 dated 18.07.2013 granted conditional zero-rating on sensitive items like milk, milk products, stationery items and bicycles, the government decided to continue the concession. This was done by transposing the Table of the SRO into the Fifth Schedule to the Sales Tax Act, 1990, while the conditions for availing zero-rating were incorporated into the Sales Tax Special Procedure Rules, 2007 through SRO 608(I)/2014.
 
It is therefore, clarified that no new discretionary powers have been granted to the Commissioners through SRO 608(I)/2014, but only the procedure and conditions already existing in SRO 670(I)/2013 were transposed into the Sales Tax Special Procedure Rules, 2007 through SRO 608(I)/2014.
 

Shahid Hussain Asad
Member (Policy-IR) / Official Spokesperson, FBR

Jun 26, 2014 Collection of duties, taxes on 28th, 29th and 30th June, 2014

In order to facilitate the taxpayers in depositing their duties and taxes during the last few days of the current financial year, the State Bank of Pakistan, on request of FBR has decided to keep authorized branches of State Bank of Pakistan, National Bank of Pakistan, Commercial Banks and National Institute of Facilitation Technologies (NIFT) open for extended hours.
According to details, State Bank of Pakistan branches would remain open on 30th of June 2014 till 10:00pm. National Bank of Pakistan branches would remain open till 8:00pm on 28th and 29th June for collection of FBR taxes/duties and till 10:00 for cheque collection and 12:00 midnight for cash counters on 30th June 2014 (Monday) for government receipts and payments. Similarly, designated branches of Commercial Banks would remain open on 28th June 2014 (normal working hours) and 30th June 2014 until 10:00pm. NIFT will also remain available to collect and sort the clearing instruments deposited on 28th & 29th June 2014 from NBP. Two special clearings on Monday 30th June 2014 at 3:00pm and 10:00pm respectively have also been arranged besides normal clearings.  
Besides the opening for extended hours of banks, arrangements have also been made to facilitate taxpayers in payment of Taxes / Duties and fulfill their national obligation. In this regard FBR has directed all its field formations to remain open on 28th and 29th June 2014 until 8:00pm and on 30th June 2014 until 12:00 midnight.
 

Shahid Hussain Asad
Official Spokesperson, FBR

Jun 07, 2014 ZERO RATING ON POTATOES, TOMATOES OTHER VEGETABLES AND PULSES PROPOSED TO BE CONTINUED - FBR CLARIFIES

The news item captioned “New Budget concedes more to Qatari, Emirati Royals than Pakistanis” published in a section of the press today on 7th   June is not based on facts. No new taxes have been proposed to be levied on potatoes, tomatoes and medical syringes. The existing zero rating on potatoes, tomatoes other vegetables and pulses have been proposed to be continued in the Finance Bill. Similarly, existing concessions on all pharmaceutical raw materials, products/drugs have been proposed to be maintained and no new duty &taxes have been proposed on medical syringes and glucose strips.
In Finance Bill, the government has proposed reduction of duty rate from 30% to 25% on items like food preparations, fruits, kitchen wares and electronic appliances etc .However, regulatory duty is proposed to be levied on high end consumer goods.
Further, the government has not proposed any new concessions for Qatar/ Emirates dignitaries in the Finance Bill. The existing concessions have been proposed to be maintained
 

Shahid Hussain Asad
Member (Policy-IR) / Official Spokesperson, FBR

Jun 05, 2014 FBR CLARIFICATION REGARDING ISSUANCE OF SROs
Certain quarters have raised doubts about the authority of the Federal Government regarding the issuance of notifications SRO 420(I)/2014, 421(I)/2014 and 422(I)/2014, all dated 04.06.2014 without approval of the Parliament.
It is clarified that the Federal Government has delegated powers to issue and withdraw notifications under the relevant provisions of the Sales Tax Act, 1990 and the Federal Excise Act, 2005. The notifications in question could have been issued at any time during the financial year.
In its Order dated 21.03.2014 in CMA No. 3821/2013 in Constitutional Petitions No. 33 & 34/2005, the Honourable Supreme Court had rightly held that there can be no taxation without approval or Parliament. As such, the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act, 1931 had been struck down as unconstitutional. Accordingly, the provisions of the Act were not pressed into service to alter the rate of duties and taxes at the time of presenting Finance Bill 2014-15 before the Parliament.
The present notifications do not impose any new taxation: SR0 420(I)/2014 dated 04.06.2014 only seeks to withdraw the concessionary rate of sales tax available to  finished imported textile and leather goods (other than used and worn clothing). By this notification, the standard rate of sales tax (17%) has been made applicable.
Similarly, in case of SRO 421(I)/2014 dated 04.06.2014, the rate of sales tax applicable to steel melters, re-rollers and ship-breakers, etc. has been rationalized. The tax has not been imposed in excess of the standard rate of sales tax specified in section 3(1) of the Sales Tax Act, 1990.
The existing rates for steel sector and the imported textile and leather goods were also notified through SROs and amendments thereto were also required to be made through SROs and therefore, there is no irregularity or transgression of powers by the Federal Government in issuance of the above –mentioned notifications.
SRO 422(I)/2014 dated 4th June,2014 has been issued by the Federal Government in exercise of power conferred upon it by clause (b) of sub-section (3) of section 3 of  the Federal Excise Act,2005 and it has modified the federal excise duty rates for cigarettes.
The exercise of powers by the Federal Government to make the above adjustments is an entirely valid exercise of the powers conferred by the Legislature.
Shahid Hussain Asad
Member (Policy-IR) / Official Spokesperson, FBR

May 31, 2014 Taxpayer facilitation, media handling to be taught to IRS probationers

Mrs.  Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member Facilitation and Taxpayer Education, FBR visited the Directorate General of Training and Research, Inland Revenue (DOT) Lahore on 29th-30th May along with her team member Ms. Nida Anum Second Secretary FATE.
The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the important components for training in media handling, communication strategy, taxpayer facilitation and e-filing. During the said meeting modalities and means to improve the taxpayer’s facilitation and FBR’s image were discussed. It was also agreed that through a liaison between DOT and FATE Wing FBR, a series of workshops, extensions lectures and research projects will be conducted at the DOT, Lahore for the capacity building of the officers of FBR. It was decided that from the next financial year, a segment on Taxpayers’ Facilitation and effective Media handling will be added to the Syllabus of the Specialized Training Program (STP) for the probationers of Inland Revenue Service (IRS).
 

Hamid Raza Wattoo
Secretary (PR)

May 24, 2014 FBR denies news about tax waiver to Najam Sethi

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has denied a news appearing in a section of the print and electronic media regarding waiver by Government of tax payable by Mr. Najam Sethi.

It has been clarified that income tax amounting to Rs. 10,625,133 was imposed on Mr. Najam Sethi for the tax year 2009. On an appeal filed by the taxpayer, Commissioner (Appeals) Lahore cancelled the order creating the tax demand. However, the Income Tax Department Lahore has assailed the order of the Commissioner Appeals by filing an appeal before the Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue for restoration of the tax imposed.
 

Hamid Raza Wattoo
Secretary (PR)

May 20, 2014 FBR Holds Taxpayers Facilitation Workshop in Bahawalpur

Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing of FBR held a workshop on e-portal services and role & responsibilities of withholding agents at Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Bahawalpur in collaboration with Regional Tax Office (RTO), Bahawalpur today. Presidents, Vice Presidents and other office-bearers of Rahimyar Khan Chamber, Tax Bar Associations of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Rahimyar Khan, Corporate Taxpayers and major withholding agents attended the workshop.

Mr. Saleem Raza Asif, Chief Commissioner, RTO Bahawalpur and Mr. Ameer Yousaf Khan, President Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce & Industries jointly presided over the workshop.  Mr. Ameer Yousaf Khan welcomed the workshop participants and the senior hierarchy of RTO Bahawalpur and officers from FBR. In his opening remarks, he encouraged the participants to freely and openly discuss their problems regarding the withholding taxes and give their input for improvement of the withholding tax regime. He emphasized upon the FBR to give special attention to the Southern Punjab in facilitation and creating awareness. Mr. Saleem Raza Asif, Chief Commissioner, RTO, Bahawalpur thanked the President of the Chamber for hosting the said workshop. Mr. Ahmad Shuja Khan, Commissioner (IR), Mr. Muhammad Sultan, Additional Commissioner (IR), Mr. Ghulam Hussain Daultana, Deputy Commissioner (HQs) and Mr. Hassan Mabroor, Deputy Commissioner, were also present at the occasion.

Mr. Hassan Mabroor gave a comprehensive presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection and highlighted and discussed the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents.

A detailed e-portal / website awareness presentation was given by Mr. Sami-ul-Haq, Webmaster, FATE Wing, FBR elaborating to the audience all the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk so that they can take full benefit of the system and FBR’s e-portal.

The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in e-services, sales tax and income tax at the time of payment of withholding taxes. These questions were addressed by Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and other relevant officers of RTO Bahawalpur.

The participants of the workshop appreciated the holding of the workshops and thanked FBR for providing them with this opportunity of direct interaction with the tax authorities. They hoped that these workshops would be made a regular feature of FBR’s outreach program.

Chief Commissioner, RTO Bahawalpur, Mr. Saleem Raza Asif, in his concluding remarks, appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. He appreciated active participation from various trade bodies of the Region.

This workshop was held as part of a series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about various initiatives undertaken by FBR. The workshops also provided an opportunity of getting feedback from them to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.

Mr. Saleem Raza Asif, Chief Commissioner, RTO Bahawalpur and Mr. Ameer Yousaf Khan, President Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce & Industries presiding over a workshop conducted by the Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing, FBR here at Bahawalpur, today on 20th May 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (Public Relations)

May 14, 2014 FBR holds Taxpayers Facilitation Workshop in Haripur

Facilitation and Taxpayers Education (FATE) Wing of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) organized a daylong workshop on e-portal services and role & responsibilities of withholding agents at the Haripur Chamber of Commerce here today.

Senior officials of FATE Wing, FBR, and Regional Tax Office (RTO) Abbotabad were present at the workshop attended by a large number of major tax-deducting authorities and withholding agents representing major industries in the Hattar and Haripur region.

In his welcome address, Muhammad Bilal Khan Daudzai, Deputy Commissioner IR RTO Abbotabad, welcomed the participants of the workshop and highlighted the role and responsibilities of the withholding agents in revenue generation necessary for turning on the wheel of economy. This was followed by a detailed presentation by RTO Abbottabad official Mr. Shaukat Tanoli on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection. He elaborated on the salient features of the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents and urged the Withholding Agents to understand their role and significance in improving and streamlining the tax system.

The second segment of the workshop was on e-portal awareness, which was presented by Mr. Sammi-ul-Haq, Webmaster, FATE Wing, FBR, who also explained the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk.

The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in sales tax and income tax at the time of withholding taxes, which was addressed by Deputy Commissioner and other relevant officials of RTO Abbottabad.

Deputy Commissioner RTO Abbotabad Muhammad Bilal Khan Daudzai appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. He thanked the participants for their active participation in the session. The workshop was attended by a large number of withholding agents from different business organizations under the jurisdiction of RTO Abbotabad.

This workshop at Regional Tax Office, Faisalabad is a as part of the series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about the various initiatives undertaken by FBR. These workshops provide an opportunity to the taxpayers to put forth their individual and local issues and getting solved their concerns.  Back from the taxpayers are also heard and is taken as an asset to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.

Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (Public Relations)

May 12, 2014 FBR holds Taxpayer Facilitation Workshop at Quetta

Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing of FBR held a workshop on e-portal services and role & responsibilities of withholding agents at Regional Tax Office (RTO), Quetta today. Representatives from SMEDA, National Savings, Pakistan Post, AGPR Quetta, Quetta Chamber, Tax Bar and other major Tax deducting authorities attended the workshop.
Shahzada Tahir Zaman, Chief Commissioner RTO Quetta presided over the workshop and welcomed the workshop participants. In his opening remarks he encouraged the participants to freely and openly discuss their problems regarding the withholding tax and give their input for improvement of the withholding tax regime. Talking about the joint responsibility of the withholding agents and FBR, he said that he consider the WHT agents as partners of FBR and are in the same boat. Sahibzada Abdul Matin, Commissioner (WHT), Mr. Abdul Malik Durrani, Asistant Commissioner, Mr. Islah-ud-Din Khan, Assistan Commissioner were also present at the occasion.
Assistant Commissioner, RTO Quetta Mr. Islah-ud-Din Khan gave a comprehensive presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection and highlighted and discussed the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents.
A detailed e-portal / website awareness presentation was given by Mr. Taj Muhammad, Manager PRAL, RTO Quetta, elaborating to the audience all the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk so they can take full benefit of the system and FBR’s e-portal.
The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in e-services, sales tax and income tax at the time of withholding taxes were addressed by Chief Commissioner RTO Quetta and other relevant officers of RTO Quetta.
The participants of the workshop appreciated the holding the workshops and thanked FBR for providing them with this opportunity of direct interaction with the tax authorities. They hoped that these workshops would be made a regular feature of FBR’s outreach program.
Shahzada Tahir Zaman, Chief Commissioner RTO Quetta appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur in his concluding remarks thanked Chief Commissioner, RTO Quetta for hosting the workshop. Mr. Talpur appreciated active participation from various trade bodies of Quetta. He emphasized that the FATE Wing of FBR is committed to create awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding their responsibilities as withholding agents.
The workshop was attended by a large number of withholding agents from different business organizations under the jurisdiction of RTO Quetta.
This workshop was held as part of a series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about the various initiatives undertaken by FBR. The workshops also provide an opportunity of interaction with the taxpayers so as to facilitate them as well as to get feedback from them to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.
 

Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (Public Relations)

May 08, 2014 FBR HOLDS TAXPAYERS FACILITATION WORKSHOP IN TRIBAL AREAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRIES, PESHAWAR

Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing of FBR held a workshop on e-portal services and role & responsibilities of withholding agents at Tribal Areas Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Peshawar in collaboration with Regional Tax Office (RTO), Peshawar today. Presidents, Vice Presidents and other office bearers of FATA Chamber, KPK Chamber, Swat Chamber, Kohat Chamber and Mardan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Corporate Taxpayers and major withholding agents attended the workshop.
Mr. Rahat-ullah-Khan, President of Tribal Areas Chamber of Commerce & Industries presided over the workshop and welcomed the workshop participants and the senior hierarchy of FBR and RTO, Peshawar. In his opening remarks he encouraged the participants to freely and openly discuss their problems regarding the withholding tax and give their input for improvement of the withholding tax regime. Mr. Shah Khan, Additional Commissioner (IR) thanked the President of Tribal Areas Chamber for hosting the said workshop. Mr. Mazhar Irshad Khan, Deputy Commissioner (IR), Mr. Hamid-ur-Rehman, Deputy Commissioner (IR) and Mr. Asif Ali Khan, Manager PRAL were also present at the occasion.
Deputy Commissioner (IR) RTO, Peshawar Mr. Hamid-ur-Rehman gave a comprehensive presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection and highlighted and discussed the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents.
A detailed e-portal / website awareness presentation was given jointly by Mr. Asif Ali Khan, Manager PRAL and Mr. Sami-ul-Haq, Webmaster, FATE Wing, FBR elaborating to the audience all the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk so they can take full benefit of the system and FBR’s e-portal.
The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in e-services, sales tax and income tax at the time of withholding taxes were addressed by Additional Commissioner RTO Peshawar and other relevant officers of RTO Peshawar.
The participants of the workshop appreciated the holding the workshops and thanked FBR for providing them with this opportunity of direct interaction with the tax authorities. They hoped that these workshops would be made a regular feature of FBR’s outreach program.
Additional Commissioner RTO Peshawar Mr. Shah Khan appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur in his concluding remarks thanked President Tribal Areas Chamber & Commerce & Industries for hosting the workshop. Mr. Talpur appreciated active participation from various trade bodies of FATA and KPK. He emphasized that the FATE Wing of FBR is committed to create awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding their responsibilities as withholding agents.
This workshop was held as part of a series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about the various initiatives undertaken by FBR. The workshops also provide an opportunity of interaction with the taxpayers so as to facilitate them as well as to get feedback from them to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shah Khan, Additional Commissioner (IR) Peshawar RTO along with Rahat-ullah-Khan, President Tribal Areas Chamber & Commerce, Peshawar present at a workshop conducted by the Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing, FBR here today on 08th May 2014.

 

Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (Public Relations

May 06, 2014 Participants of 17th Mid Career Management Course Visit FBR

A group of 17th Mid Career Management Course has visited FBR here today the 06th May 2014, headed by Acting Director General / Chief Instructor, National Institute of Management, Quetta Mr. Nazar Mohammad Kakar.

Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member FATE, FBR, welcomed the visiting officers and briefly told them about the mandate, working and performance of the FBR. She said FBR being the sole institution responsible for resource mobilization and revenue generation faced a difficult task of collecting tax revenue but the strenuous and dedicated efforts of the officers and workforce of FBR were helping broaden the tax net.

Mr. Shahid Hussain Asad, Member (Inland Revenue) Policy, FBR, while briefing the group of visiting officers currently attending Mid-Career Management Course (MCMC) at the National Institute of Management (NIM) Quetta said that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has planned to take away most of the Rs 500 billion tax exemptions from the next financial year which is also going be a difficult year for those potential taxpayers who have not obtained NTN and also those who have an NTN but never file their returns.

“We have long relied on the universal self assessment scheme believing in the income figures and subsequent tax returns filed by the taxpayers but now is the time to judge the value of these returns on the basis of expenditure incurred by the people on maintaining their social status and lifestyle,” said Mr. Shahid Hussain Asad.   

Earlier responding to queries from the visiting officers, Member (IR) Policy, FBR, Mr. Shahid Hussain Asad said FBR had formulated a strategy to go after the tax-evaders by using information obtained from their transactions in the real estate sector, purchase of vehicles, foreign travels and also by accessing, in the long run, their bank accounts to assess the extent of tax avoidance and tax evasion.

To a question, he said FBR had been able to collect Rs 1743 billion revenue by the end of April and efforts were on to meet the annual revenue collection target of Rs 2345 billion. ‘We are confident we would be able to meet the target as most of the large collections are made towards the end of the financial year,” he said.  

Later, Bakhtiar Muhammad, Chief Facilitation & Taxpayer Education (FATE), FBR, gave a detailed presentation on the working and performance of FBR in broadening the tax net and enhancing the tax-to-GDP ratio. He said the share of people filing their tax returns in Pakistan’s population was merely 1.6 per cent as compared to 4.7 per cent in India, 16.5 per cent in Argentina, 58 per cent in France and an impressive 80 per cent in Canada. “The presence of such a large number of tax-paying individuals in these countries has directly played a crucial role in sustaining their economies besides providing a financial cushion to their governments to divert massive funds to the development of social sector,” he said. 

Dr. Muhammad Zubair, Chief International Customs FBR, also shared with the officers various loopholes and weaknesses in the current taxation system and what measures were required to make the system more robust. He argued that for a robust taxation system, compliant taxpayers, independent tax authority, simplified tax laws & procedures and a vibrant tax machinery are essential. Similarly, a fair tax system should impose similar tax burdens on similarly situated individuals while tax burdens should also be proportional to an individual’s ability to pay tax, he added.

 Mr. Nazar Mohammad Kakar, Acting Director General / Chief Instructor, National Institute of Management, Quetta thanked FBR for hosting the said inland study tour. 

Mujeeb ur Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (PR)

May 06, 2014 CORRECTION / CLARIFICATION

It is clarified that the Member Inland Revenue (Policy) and Official Spokesperson, FBR while talking to the Participants of 17th MCMC, did not say that all the Rs.500 billion tax exemptions would be withdrawn in next fiscal year. Instead he said that currently there are exemptions of around Rs. 500 billion which are planned to be withdrawn in phases during three years, starting from the next fiscal year i.e. 2014-15.

 

Mujeeb ur Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (PR)

May 05, 2014 FBR holds Taxpayers Facilitation Workshop in Multan

Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing of FBR held a workshop on e-portal services and role & responsibilities of withholding agents at Regional Tax Office (RTO), Multan today. Representatives from Multan Chamber, Tax Bar and major Tax deducting authorities attended the workshop.
Hafiz Muhammad Jamil Owaisi, Chief Commissioner RTO Multan presided over the workshop and welcomed the workshop participants and the senior FBR hierarchy. In his opening remarks he encouraged the participants to freely and openly discuss their problems regarding the withholding tax and give their input for improvement of the withholding tax regime. Mr. Jehangir Ahmad, Commissioner (IR), Mr. M. Abid Raza Bodla, Commissioner (IR), Mr. Zubair Bilal Additional Commissioner (IR) and Mr. Abid Rasool Khan, Deputy Commissioner (IR) RTO Multan, were also present at the occasion.
Deputy Commissioner IR RTO, Multan Mr. Abid Rasool Khan gave a comprehensive presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection and highlighted and discussed the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents.
A detailed e-portal / website awareness presentation was given by Mr. Sami-ul-Haq, Webmaster, FATE Wing, FBR elaborating to the audience all the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk so they can take full benefit of the system and FBR’s e-portal.
The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in e-services, sales tax and income tax at the time of withholding taxes were addressed by Chief Commissioner RTO Multan and other relevant officers of RTO Multan.
The participants of the workshop appreciated the holding the workshops and thanked FBR for providing them with this opportunity of direct interaction with the tax authorities. They hoped that these workshops would be made a regular feature of FBR’s outreach program.
Chief Commissioner RTO Multan Hafiz Muhammad Jamil Owaisi appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur in his concluding remarks thanked Chief Commissioner, RTO Multan for hosting the workshop. Mr. Talpur appreciated active participation from various trade bodies of Multan. He emphasized that the FATE Wing of FBR is committed to create awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding their responsibilities as withholding agents.
The workshop was attended by a large number of withholding agents from different business organizations under the jurisdiction of RTO Multan.
This workshop was held as part of a series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about the various initiatives undertaken by FBR. The workshops also provide an opportunity of interaction with the taxpayers so as to facilitate them as well as to get feedback from them to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.
 

Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Talpur
Second Secretary (Public Relations)

Apr 29, 2014 FBR holds Taxpayers Facilitation Workshop in Faisalabad

Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing of FBR held a workshop on e-portal services and role & responsibilities of withholding agents at Regional Tax Office (RTO), Faisalabad today. All major Tax deducting authorities attended the workshop.
Mr. Shaukat Mahmood, Chief Commissioner RTO Faislabad hosted the workshop and welcomed Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member Facilitation and Taxpayer Education, FBR.
Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi in her opening remarks appreciated the withholding agents active participation in the workshop where their problems regarding the withholding tax and e-filing were discussed. She emphasized that the FATE Wing of FBR is committed to create awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding their responsibilities as withholding agents. She also emphasized on use of e-portal and the website of FBR. She claimed that FBR’s website is at this point of time is the most visited website all over the country due to its quick updation of changes in law and availability of any tax information.
Deputy Commissioner IR RTO, Faisalabad Mr. Sajjad Amjad gave a comprehensive presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection and highlighted and discussed the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents.
The second segment of the workshop was on e-portal awareness, which was presented by Mr. Ahsan-ul-Haq, Manager PRAL at Faisalabad. Mr. Sammi-ul-Haq, Webmaster, FATE Wing, FBR explained the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk to create easy access and to avail benefit of the system and FBR’s e-portal.
The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in sales tax and income tax at the time of withholding taxes, which was addressed by Chief Commissioner RTO Faisalabad, Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member (FATE) FBR and other relevant officers of RTO Faisalabad.
The participants of the workshop appreciated the holding the workshops and thanked FBR for providing them with this opportunity to have direct interaction with the tax authorities. They hoped that these workshops would be made a regular feature of FBR’s outreach program.
Chief Commissioner RTO Faisalabad Mr. Shaukat Mahmood appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. He thanked the participants for their active participation in the session.
The workshop was attended by a large number of withholding agents from different business organizations under the jurisdiction of RTO Faisalabad.
This workshop at Regional Tax Office, Faisalabad is a as part of the series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about the various initiatives undertaken by FBR. These workshops provide an opportunity to the taxpayers to put forth their individual and local issues and getting solved their concerns.  Back from the taxpayers are also heard and is taken as an asset to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.
 

Mohammad Shahzad
Secretary PR

Apr 28, 2014 FBR holds Taxpayers Facilitation Workshop in Lahore

FBR held an interactive workshop at Directorate General of Training (DOT), Lahore today to interact with the tax deducting authorities. The roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents were explained in depth. Awareness of e-services extended to them through FBR’s portal was elaborately explained.
Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Chief Commissioner RTO-1 Lahore hosted the workshop by welcoming the Chief Guest Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member Facilitation and Taxpayer Education, FBR. Ms. Humaira Maryam, Additional Commissioner RTO-II, Mr. Naveed Ahmad Nawab, Additional Director (Headquarters) DOT Lahore, were also present at the occasion.
Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi in her opening remarks encouraged the participants to freely and openly discuss their problems regarding the withholding tax and give their input for improvement of the withholding tax regime. She emphasized that the FATE Wing of FBR is committed to create awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding their responsibilities as withholding agents.
Deputy Commissioner IR RTO, Lahore Syed Ali Adnan Zaidi gave a comprehensive presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection and highlighted and discussed the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents.
A detailed e-portal / website awareness presentation was given by Mr. Abdul Sammi, Webmaster, FATE Wing, FBR elaborating to the audience all the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk so they can take full benefit of the system and FBR’s e-portal.
The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in sales tax and income tax at the time of withholding taxes were addressed by Chief Commissioner RTO Lahore, Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member (FATE) FBR and other relevant officers of RTO Lahore.
The participants of the workshop appreciated the holding the workshops and thanked FBR for providing them with this opportunity of direct interaction with the tax authorities. They hoped that these workshops would be made a regular feature of FBR’s outreach program.
Chief Commissioner RTO Lahore Mr. Shafqat Mahmood appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. He thanked the participants for their active participation in the session.
The workshop was attended by a large number of withholding agents from  different business organizations under the jurisdiction of RTO Lahore.
This workshop at DOT Lahore was held as part of a series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about the various initiatives undertaken by FBR. The workshops also provide an opportunity of interaction with the taxpayers so as to facilitate them as well as to get feedback from them to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.

 

Mohammad Shahzad
Secretary PR

Apr 22, 2014 Participants of 100th National Management Course visit FBR

A group of fifty three senior civil servants undergoing the 100th National Management Course (NMC), along with the Rector, Dean and the faculty of the National School of Public Policy (NSPP) visited FBR House, here today.
The group was welcomed by Member Facilitation & Taxpayers’ Education (FATE) Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi. She briefed the visiting officers and faculty of NMC about the organizational structure, working and revenue collection performance of FBR. She also highlighted the challenges faced by FBR and the way forward to resolve these issues.
The Chairman FBR Mr. Tariq Bajwa, in his comments, gave a detailed outline of the various policy and operational challenges faced by FBR and highlighted the strategies adopted by FBR to address these issues. He also discussed the major initiatives of FBR to enhance revenue generation through audit and enforcement initiatives and efforts broaden the tax base. He highlighted the measures being adopted by FBR to improve the tax to GDP and bridge the tax gap.
The briefing was followed by a detailed Questions & Answers session. The NMC participants freely asked questions which were candidly and frankly responded to by the Chairman FBR Mr. Tariq Bajwa himself as well as Member FATE Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi and Member Accounting Mr. Khwaja Tanveer Ahmed.
At the end of the Q&A session, the Rector National School of Public Policy Mr. Muhammad Ismail Qureshi thanked FBR for providing the participants of NMC with an opportunity to interact with FBR’s top management and to understand the grass-root issues facing the country’s economy and the revenue collection system. Appreciating the performance of FBR under the incumbent Chairman, he said that it is the need of the hour to adopt and promote tax culture at every level of the society.
Chairman FBR Mr. Tariq Bajwa and Rector NSPP Mr. Muhammad Ismail Qureshi exchanged institutional mementos.

Mohammad Shahzad
Secretary PR

Feb 19, 2014 FBR's Clarification / Press Release

Federal Board of Revenue has controverted a news item appearing in certain National Dailies. It has been alleged in the news that FBR has indiscriminately sent SMS messages to large number of persons requiring them to file their returns for the last five years. FBR has clarified that the SMS messages has been sent only to persons who have obtained National Tax Numbers but have not filed their returns of income for the last five tax years.
The Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 28th November, 2013 announced a Tax Incentive Package incorporating various relief measures. One such measure is meant for the NTN holders who have not filed their returns for one or more tax years in the last five tax years i.e, 2008 to 2012. In order to encourage such NTN holders to voluntarily file their missing returns for the last five years they have been exempted from payment of default surcharge on late payment of tax, penalty for late filing of return and audit of the returns. These concessions will be available to those NTN holders who file their return by 28th February, 2014. FBR has initiated an outreach programme for educating the eligible sections of the population regarding the availability of the relief package. As an important step of this outreach programme FBR identified the names and mobile phone numbers of the NTN holders who have not filed their returns for the last five tax years and sent them SMS messages which constitute a polite reminder for filing their returns by 28th February, 2014, so as to avail the benefits of the concession announced by the Government. The SMS messages sent by the FBR were a reminder to NTN holders to fulfil their legal obligation and at the same time avail of the Special Incentive Package announced by the Prime Minister. Terming the effort of FBR in educating and facilitating the non-filers as harassment and source of panic is highly unjustified and unwarranted.
 

Mohammad Shahzad
Secretary (PR)

Jan 15, 2014 FBR Press Release

The official Spokesman FBR has clarified that the reports appearing in various sections of the Press including daily “The News” and “Jang” regarding non-filing of Income Tax Returns by Hon’able Speaker, National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq are not based on facts. It is further stated that Hon’able Speaker, National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has regularly been filing Income Tax returns against NTN 2349094-2 and for Tax Years 2009 to 2013, these are available on e-portal of FBR.

Malik Amjed Zubair Tiwana
Official Spokesman, Federal Board of Revenue

Jan 03, 2014 FBR Press Release

It is clarified that the Secretary Finance and the Chairman FBR were summoned by the PAC on 01.01.2014. The FBR did not make any statement before the PAC but only responded to some very specific questions that were asked by the PAC. One of the questions was that whether it is a fact that the tax at source is deducted from the salaries of Parliamentarians. The Chairman responded to the aforementioned as “this is a fact”. However, it was explained to the PAC that despite this every person having income above the threshold was required to file an IT return. Another question that was asked was whether agriculture income tax was to be collected by the FBR’s and it was explained that this tax was to be collected by the Provincial Government as per the Constitution. On another question it was explained that the record of the IT as per IT Ordinance is confidential.
FBR would however like to clarify that as per sub-section (6) of section 216 the Federal Government is empowered to publish the particulars and the amount of tax paid by a holder of a public office as defined in the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.
FBR takes strong exception to the negative profiling of its entire workforce in some sections of the print media and would like to clarify that like any other organization it has a mixed lot of human resource. It has its fair share of officers/officials of integrity and competence. In the last six months concerted efforts have been made to post officers of known integrity at critical positions.  These steps have been appreciated by the media also.
 

Shahid Hussain Asad
Member IR-Policy/ FBR's Official Spokesperson

Jan 01, 2014 In connection with the news item published in the national press regarding tax payment by the parliamentarians.

In connection with the news item published in the national press regarding tax payment by the parliamentarians, the issue was discussed in the PAC meeting today which was attended by the Secretary Finance and Chairman FBR along with his team. The PAC members expressed annoyance on the reports appearing in the press that they are not paying tax on their income. They stated that income tax is deducted on salary income of all the parliamentarians and they also pay tax on their agricultural income to the provincial governments. They desired that FBR should clarify this factual position.
 It is hereby clarified that income tax is deducted on the salary income of all the parliamentarians under section 149 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. As far as agricultural income of the parliamentarians from the yield of agricultural land is concerned, under the constitution, Federal Government cannot tax agricultural income. However, the same is taxable under the provincial Agricultural Income Tax law.
 

Shahid Hussain Asad
Member (IR Policy) Official Spokesman FBR