Corruption in FBR to be checked

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ISLAMABAD : In a meeting, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Tariq Bajwa on Monday promised zero tolerance for corruption in the tax machinery.


“No one will be spared if found involved in corrupt practices,” the newly appointed chairman told a meeting of chief commissioners of 18 regional tax offices (RTOs) and three large taxpayers units (LTUs).


The meeting was convened at a time, when the country has incurred over Rs456 billion shortfalls in revenue collection in the outgoing fiscal year-2012-13, the highest ever shortfall in the FBR history.


Bajwa warned that performance of the tax officers will be gauged in terms of revenue collection in the current fiscal year.


The government has projected a revenue collection target of Rs2475bn for the year 2013-13 as against outgoing fiscal year provisional collection of Rs1940bn, an increase of Rs535bn.


The target, according to the source, will be achieved through Rs207bn revenue measures taken in the budget and making the tax collection machinery effective.


Many heads of regional offices and all three LTUs were already transferred.


Two presentations were given to the chief commissioners on refunds and broadening of tax base. It was decided that the refunds system will be made more transparent.


On the broadening of tax base, the FBR has set a target to bring 100,000 people in the tax net. “Notices will be issued to more than 10,000 people in the month of July for bringing them in tax net,” the source said.

Courtesy:   Dawn

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