FTO recommends large-scale reforms in FBR

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KARACHI: Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) Dr Shoaib Saddal has said that corruption has peaked in the country and recommended large-scale reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), while talking to businessmen at the Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA) House on Tuesday.

Saddal said that until and unless the ministers, advisors and quarters involved in the government were made to pay taxes honestly, the situation would not improve.

Saddal said that the FBR was tampering in the numbers of revenue collection, adding that the tax authorities should practically widen the tax net and portray true figures, instead of just claiming to achieve targets.

He said that the FBR should not include the refunds in their total collection as it was not the revenue.

Also speaking on the occasion was Javed Bilwani, chairman of Pakistan Apparel Forum, who said that Regional Tax Offices (TROs) were harassing taxpayers in the name of scrutiny and audit and demanding records/documents, which had already been submitted to them along with returns.

Bilwani said that exporters should not be intentionally harassed and added that the records of sales tax on services, which the Sindh Board of Revenue was collecting from exporters, had not been forwarded to the FBR.

He demanded that the said records should immediately be moved to FBR, so that exporters could claim their due refunds.

Courtesy: The News

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