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FBR chases tax evaders with notices

Updated September 27, 2018

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FBR headquarters in Islamabad. — File
FBR headquarters in Islamabad. — File

ISLAMABAD: As part of PTI government’s 100-day plan, the Federal Board of Revenue has almost finalised its plan to identify top 100 tax evaders for bringing into the tax net, a senior tax official told Dawn on Wednesday.

The first meeting on the issue is scheduled to be held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Asad Umar who has tasked the FBR to identify potential tax evaders.

The evaders will be netted in two phases.

In the first phase, notices were issued to 1,000 people who have purchased properties in Dubai, the official said.

The FBR has received data from various sources about 3,000 to 4,000 Pakistanis who have invested in Dubai. But the notices were despatched only to those who have local addresses.

In the second phase, the FBR has directed the field formations to identify top tax evaders immediately. The intelligence and investigation department of the Inland Revenue Services has already collected data regarding transactions of properties, and purchase of luxury vehicles of those people who did not possess national tax numbers.

The FBR has also identified several thousand people who have purchased properties in Pakistan but did not exist on the tax rolls. Similarly, the FBR has recently despatched notices to those people who have purchased properties in the UK.

Published in Dawn, September 27th, 2018