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A 46-member group comprising officers of the senior Management Course of National Management College, Lahore, currently on inland study tour, today visited Federal Board of Revenue and remained there for some time.
During the visit, the course participants were briefed by the Official Spokesman & Member, Facilitation & Taxpayers Education of FBR, Mr. Khawar Khurshid Butt on the on-going tax Administration Reforms Programme. He informed the participating senior officers that the total cost of the programme has been estimated as $ 149 million which was funded by the World Bank, DFID and Government of Pakistan. He said, three Large Taxpayers Units, 12 Regional Tax Offices, Model Customs Collectorates and 65 Tax Facilitation Centres have been established for the facilitation of the taxpayers under TARP.
The Spokesman said that the results of the Programme so far achieved were very encouraging in terms of increase in revenue collection, facilitation of the taxpayers, reducing cost of dong business, minimizing interaction between the tax collectors and taxpayers, reducing the level of corruption, attracting foreign investment etc. He said the revenue collection which was in the vicinity of Rs. 300 billion few years back was reached at Rs. 846 bn in 2006-07.
Later, the spokesman answered the questions of the course participants.