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FBR chief orders field formations to persuade high-income doctors, lawyers to pay taxes

FBR chief orders field formations to persuade high-income doctors, lawyers to pay taxes

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to bring professional doctors and lawyers in the loop of taxpayers who charge large fees but avoid to pay taxes.

Sources told Customs Today that FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa has also passed strict directions in this regard to all field formations of Inland Revenue. In his directives, the chairman asked the field formations to collect all the data of these professionals who are working in their jurisdictions and send them to the FBR headquarters for further action.

He also directed Directorate General Inland Revenue, Intelligence and Investigation and RTOs to take strict action against these professionals who are avoiding to pay taxes despite having reasonable resources of income.

It is pertinent to mention here, that there credible reports that some doctors who are working in Islamabad Polyclinic, PIMS, CDA hospitals are getting taxable salary and also operating private clinics and receiving huge amount as fees from customers. Some of these doctors are generating Rs 1 lakh per day as income.

Sources said that in the first stage notices will be send to them asking them to clear outstanding amount in specified time. If the failed to do so then strict legal action will be taken against them. Sources also said that FBR was receiving complaints that they only pressurize traders, and avoiding to pursue other professionals of society now FBR decided to tight its rope around those professionals who are avoiding to pay tax despite having reasonable income.