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FBR chief issues warning to tax evaders

Published Jan 26, 2013 06:02am


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LAHORE: Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Ali Arshad Hakeem on Saturday issued a warning to tax evaders and said the FBR had located over three million citizens who had enormous wealth but had not been paying their taxes, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a ceremony in Custom House, Lahore, Hakeem said out of a population of 180 million, only 800,000 people were paying their taxes.

He said tax evaders were being given 75 days' time to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens after which their names would be added to the exit control list (ECL) and their national identity cards would also be blocked.

The FBR chief said Pakistan’s system of taxation was in dire need of reformation, adding that the country could not be run with the existing taxation system in place.

Hakeem added that Pakistan had one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world.

He stressed that the country was in dire need of tax reforms and that the government should take immediate steps in this regard.

The FBR chief’s remarks come in the wake of the introduction of a controversial tax amnesty bill in the National Assembly.

The opposition says the bill is meant to provide opportunity to millions to whiten their black money whereas Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has said that there were only 800,000 taxpayers in the country and the bill would bring a substantial number of people into the country’s tax net.


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Adnan A Jan 26, 2013 05:08pm
People in the Government and Current Political party in power is the biggest tax evader, they won't do reforms. It is simple as that.
shaffiq Jan 26, 2013 01:20pm
75 days ... by which time they will have move their money overseas, bought airplanes tickets and gone overseas, and assembly members will no longer be members, so 75 days is enough for them also. is anyone listening to FBR ... no
Qamar Jan 26, 2013 02:51pm
Does FBR chairman have the courage to start catching the tax thieves from the top? He does not have to go very far from his office...start with President House, Prime Minister House, and the Parliament. He will recover a big part of the unpaid taxes just from these three places.
uknaas Jan 26, 2013 01:27pm
Why is there a plan to forgive the crooks many of who are in high places. Instead of an amnesty plan there should be a vigilance plan to catch them. The Amnesty Plan is a way of telling the few taxpayers that they have been taken for a ride and that crime (tax evasion) pays.
ahmad butt Jan 26, 2013 01:33pm
I hope the tax department publishes the audited list of all tax evaders in country, starting from the highest to the lowest. Only then will the public be inclined to pay taxes, name and shame them
M. Asghar Jan 26, 2013 10:15am
It is no use of giving warning after warning to the known three million tax evaders, one has to proceed here in a merciless manner to collect the dues needed for the develoment of the country.
Parvez Jan 26, 2013 09:52am
............why 75 days..........why not tomorrow ??????
Yusuf Jan 26, 2013 08:23am
Lets start with Shahrukh Jatoi's father. Has he paid taxes lately/at all? Rumour has it he paid 12 crores to get his son out to Dubai.