ISLAMABAD, Feb 19 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday directed for exposing the tax evaders and defaulters before public through indiscriminate action, besides ensuring appropriate proceedings against corrupt elements in the revenue and tax departments who had been involved in facilitating such tax evasion.
The Prime Minister also directed for facilitating the regular tax payers instead causing harassment to them.
The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting over government’s steps for revenue generation. The meeting was attended by minister for Finance Asad Umar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Caudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister of State for Revenue Hamad Azhar, PM’s spokesperson Nadeem Afzal Chan, Special Assistant to PM Iftikhar Durrani, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue Jehanzeb Khan and other officials, PM office media wing in a press release said.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister observed that tax evaders were the enemies of the country and nation and they did not deserve any kind of leniency.
The Chairman FBR briefed the Prime Minister about the latest steps taken for collection of taxes, broadening of the tax net base, and recovery of taxes from the defaulters.
He apprised that a total of 6,000 cases of high net worth persons had been under consideration in which a total of Rs 2 billion income was expected and out of it, Rs1.3 billion amount had been recovered so far.
Another sum of more than Rs1.5 billion had been recovered from 66 cases over which information collection and investigation process was underway, he added.
In the offshore assets cases, more than Rs 6 billion outstanding taxes had been recovered whereas under Section 214-e, Rs 1.573 billion recoveries had been made.
The FBR chairman further apprised that mapping of about 2,000 plazas had been completed, whereas for the collection of recoverable taxes, automated tax collection system had been installed at more than 2,500 point of sales.
The FBR expected to get Rs24.818 billion under the latest measures and out of which an amount of 11.882 billion rupees had been received so far, it was told.
The Prime Minister directed for utilization of the latest mechanism for the recoverable taxes so as to bring the non-tax payers under the tax net, besides providing facilities for the regular tax payers.