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Govt to invoke tougher laws for taxation: Shahid Asad

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue Official Spokesman Shahid Hussain Asad has said that Prime Minister’s Tax Incentive Scheme has failed to produce desired effects as a result of which formation of tougher laws are under consideration.

He said that the scheme announced on February 28, 2014 did not produce expected response though the government accommodated the private sector by introducing amendments and extending the deadline to April 30, 2014.

Speaking at a workshop on Sales Tax Laws on Services jointly organised by Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) and Karachi Tax Bar Association (KTBA) Shahid said that out of 3.5 million holders of National Tax Number (NTN), only one million filed returns for the Tax year 2012-13.

He informed that the government was actively considering to form laws that all transactions including property and all other private spending at shops and restaurants, etc be made accessible to FBR online by making it compulsory for buyers to provide CNIC for every transaction. Shahid Hussain said growing number of huge shopping malls and restaurants were making big profits but no revenue is being generated from these commercial establishments.

Referring to the differences between the provinces over the tax collection on services on the basis of origin or destination Shahid Hussain Asad, who is also FBR Member Inland Revenue-Policy said that the memorandum of understanding signed between the provincial and federal tax collecting agencies was a milestone.

The FBR member said India’s tax-to-GDP ratio stood at 16 per cent of which 6 per cent was contributed by states and 10 per cent by the central government.

In India tax on services is collected by central government and on goods by states whereas in Pakistan it is the other way around, he added.

KTBA President Haider A. Patel, PTBA President Munawwar H. Shaikh and PTBA Academy of Taxation Chairman Abdul Qadir Memon also spoke on the occasion.

Punjab Revenue Authority Chairman Iftikhar Qutub, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Excise and Taxation Secretary Raheel Ahmad Siddiqui and Dawood Pirzada and Mushtaq Kazmi from Sindh Revenue Board participated in panel discussion.