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PM Imran directs FBR to catch tax evaders & broaden tax net
Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs meeting on FBR Reforms at PM's Office Islamabad on 30th January, 2019

PM Imran directs FBR to catch tax evaders & broaden tax net

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Federal Board of Revenue(FBR) to focus on recovery from tax evaders and to broaden the tax net.

He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday to introduce reforms in Federal Board of Revenue. Prime Minister Imran Khan also advised Offshore Taxation Commissionerates to solve cases pertaining to offshore assets at the earliest. He emphasised to restoring people’s trust in FBR.

Prime Minister said unfortunately all previous governments had intentionally or unintentionally ignored the lapses in the tax system. The prime minister was briefed that new website and facilitation desk are being launched by the chairman Federal Board of Revenue. It was said that internal audit department is being separated from FBR to enhance performance of the organization and ensure transparency.

It was informed that notices have been issued to hundreds of people in light of the information received from various sources regarding Pakistani citizens having taxable assets on foreign lands. The meeting was told that Offshore Taxation Commissionerates have been established in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, and Multan to investigate foreign assets of Pakistani citizens and to dispose of such cases on priority basis.

The prime minister was briefed that a comprehensive plan has been prepared to introduce reforms in Federal Board of Revenue aimed at facilitating taxpayers. Prime minister also directed to the chairman Federal Board of Revenue to form the rules under the relevant laws regarding the benami assets as soon as possible.