Forthcoming budget should facilitate filers: Dar

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ISLAMABAD, May 25 (APP): Finance Minister,Senator
Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Wednesday said that Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) strategy for the forthcoming budget should be to facilitate the filers while taking strict measures against non-filers and tax evaders.

Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar
stated this while chairing a meeting which reviewed the latest
position of revenue collection and budget related proposals of the FBR.

Chairman FBR Nisar Muhammad Khan updated the meeting on the state of revenue collection, a statement issued by the
Ministry of Finance issued here said.

He said in line with the instructions given by the Finance Minister, all out efforts are being made to achieve
the target of Rs. 3104 billion for the current fiscal year.

He said the revenue collection so far was very encouraging and makes FBR confident that the target for FY 2015-16 would be met.

The meeting was given a briefing about the FBR proposals
for the budget 2016-17.

Chairman FBR on the occasion said that different
stakeholders including chambers of commerce and industries, traders, businessmen, professionals, experts and think tanks have been thoroughly consulted before formulating the proposals.

He said the exercise has been very fruitful in obtaining
inputs for the budget 2016-17.

The Finance Minister said that FBR strategy for the
budget should be to facilitate the filers while taking strict
measures against non-filers and tax evaders.

He appreciated the hard work put in by FBR team for
formulating budget proposals and interaction with
stakeholders. He added that while finalizing the proposals the
government’s drive for economic growth must be kept in mind.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue, Haroon
Akhtar Khan and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and FBR attended the meeting.