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Hafeez Shaikh directs FBR to release Rs15 billion refunds to exporters

Hafeez Shaikh directs FBR to release Rs15 billion refunds to exporters

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Hafeez Shaikh has directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to release approximately Rs15 billion refunds to exporters in the next two days to resolve their liquidity issues.

“We have received a directive from the adviser to release the refunds,” FBR Official Spokesperson Dr Hamid Ateeq confirmed, adding the amount will be released in the next couple of days.

The directive came from top when exporters met with top officials and Prime Minister Imran Khan and complained about their stuck refunds with the FBR. Normally, FBR blocks release of refunds to show higher revenue growth.

On Thursday, the issue of refunds was also raised in the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meeting led by its chairman MNA Faiz Ullah. The committee took the issues of refunds, condition of CNICs for traders and real estate.

While admitting the withholding of refunds, Member Operation IRS Seema Shakeel said a committee comprising of exporters and senior officers from FBR was appointed to resolve the technical problems of Form ‘H’. They have completed this assignment, he added.

However, exporters were unhappy with the response of the member and were of the stance that they will not be able to continue their business due to stuck up refunds with the FBR for last six months.

The representatives of exporters also highlighted the weaknesses of Faster’s Refunds System and requested the FBR to address the same at the earliest for smooth functioning of export industries in Pakistan.