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Political elite and tax evasion

Published Dec 22, 2012 02:39am

THE recent report has revealed that 67 per cent of parliamentarians and 62 per cent of ministers in the federal cabinet did not file their income tax returns in 2011.

It is unfortunate that they talk so much at public gatherings, current affairs and political talk shows that they would change the life of the common man.

But this report shows the truth. When they don’t file their tax return, how can they be earnest about making policy to generate more taxes? Because of them that sales tax percentage is so high on basic commodities that have caused inflation.

The highest paid tax by any MNA is former PML-F member Jehangir Khan Tareen. He was elected MNA from NA-195. He has now joined Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf. He has paid Rs17,053,172 as tax in 2011.

There are also many MNAs and senators who still do not have their National Tax Numbers.

The question is: if these politicians cannot lead by example in paying taxes, how can they ask people to pay taxes? What is the Federal Board of Revenue doing? Does it have any authority to catch these politicians? The FBR has also failed to collect taxes from big businessmen in Pakistan.

The recent report that real estate tycoon Malik Riaz has been involved in massive tax evasion of Rs119.40 billion shows the incompetence of the FBR.

MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi


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Comments (4) (Closed)


gee
Dec 22, 2012 08:37am
Failing to collect taxes, failing to pay taxes, failing to protect life weather it?s human or animal or failing to protect weaker sections of society are signs of a democracy at the verge of derailing and ready to be devoured by reactionary forces such as religious fanatics. Since calling a spade a spade hurts and it takes courage to critcise, it's obvious that Pakistan is in trouble.
Khan
Dec 22, 2012 09:33am
The report also mentioned hat CJ son arsalan iftikhar evaded taxes worth 5 million but no suo moto against him
Syed Ahmed
Dec 22, 2012 06:02pm
Tax evaders don't deserve to be member of parliament. They should be behind bars.
Cyrus Howell
Dec 23, 2012 02:02am
"I don't think race or country matters a damn. What is important is justice." . This is not justice.