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Visit of Member IR (Operations) Dr. Muhammad Irshad to RTO Quetta

Visit of Member IR (Operations) Dr. Muhammad Irshad to RTO Quetta

The Member Inland Revenue (Operations) Dr. Muhammad Irshad visited Quetta on 05-05-2016 during the visit he held a meeting with officers of the RTO, talked to electronic and print media representatives, held a meeting with Quetta Tax Bar Association and also visited Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Meeting with Officers of Regional Tax Office Quetta.

During the meeting the Chief Commissioner RTO, Quetta gave a detailed presentation on performance and achievements of the Regional Tax Office Quetta. The Honorable Member expressed his satisfaction over the fact that there was a visible turn around in performance of the RTO since last few months and urged the officers to further raise the standards of their performance during the coming months in order to not only achieve the assigned targets but also exceed the same.

During the meeting with the officers various issues and problems of the RTO were discussed in detail. The Honorable Member was apprised of the allocation of expenditure budget which was very low in view of vast territorial Jurisdiction of the RTO constituting 44% of total land mass of the country. The Honorable Member agreed that the sanctioned strength of officers/officials as well as the allocated expenditure budget need to be enhanced especially in view of prospective revenue potential to be tapped out of CPEC.

The Honorable Member was apprised of the potential of coal mining in Balochistan, viz.a.viz current collection of sales tax. He was informed that by invoking the provisions of section 40B of Sales Tax Act in cases of coal mines a sizeable revenue jump of 70% has been achieved through this single initiative in spite of acute shortage of manpower and logistics such as operational vehicles. The Honorable Member applauded the effort and emphasized on enlarging the scope of such in itiatives in thisparticular sector.

The Honorable Member also assured monetary reward for the officers and officials for serving the RTO in such a hard area and assured further incentives for the officer who will serve in Balochistan in future. When informed about the acute shortage of officials and the prospective expanding needs the honorable Member assured the RTO about the induction of further staff in the RTO.

Meeting with Electronic and Print Media
The Honorable Member also met electronic and print media representatives based in Balochistan, which was attended by the journalists representing PTV, GEO, ARY, 92, Express and Sama News Channels. The print media was represented by daily Jang, Mashriq Newspapers. During the meeting the honorable Member apprised the media about the overall performance of the RTO followed by questions and answers. The media persons were apprised of FBR’s efforts to expand the tax base and provide maximum facilitation to the taxpayers already on tax roll.
Meeting with Bar Association.
A delegation representing Quetta Tax Bar Association called upon the Honorable Member and apprised him of the issues being faced by taxpayers in Balochistan which were quite unique in the sense that due to very low rate of literacy and dominant characteristic of economy in the province being totally undocumented the business community was unable to fully realize its tax obligations. The Honorable Member advised the bar members to work in close coordination with the RTO to raise tax awareness among the business community.


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