FBR Sets Forth Cash Rewards for Whistleblowers Finding Tax Evasion

According to the FBR notification, the new rules have been given to consolidating reward rules issued separately from time to time.

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Difference between Tax Evasion and Tax AvoidanceThe informer/whistleblower registered with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would be entitled to a reward at the rate of 20% up to a maximum of ₨. 5 million of the evaded amount of tax involved in a single case.

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The FBR on Friday issued the new Inland Revenue Reward Rules 2021 for Inland Revenue officers, including “Informer” or “Whistleblower,” who are not FBR employees.

The informer/whistleblower shall provide information in the shape of concrete evidence, which decisively leads to the detection of tax evasion, development of assessment, and eventual recovery of the evaded tax.

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According to the FBR notification, the new rules have been given to consolidating reward rules issued separately from time to time.

The rules are also in place to put a uniform incentives regime for detecting tax evasion, meritorious services, and any other exceptional performance across the Inland Revenue field formations, detachments, and the headquarters.

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The Inland Revenue Reward Rules 2021 have been released in pursuance of the Tax Administration Reforms culminating in merging all inland taxes.

Under the latest rules, the FBR, at the end of every financial year, may give rewards to officials/officers in recognition of the meritorious services rendered by them during the year.

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The amount of reward for commendable services in no case will be less than three and more than six salaries in every single case.

The amount of reward for exceptional performance in no case will be less than twelve and more than twenty-four salaries in every single case, i.e., each officer involved in the assigned task.

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Following types of performance will be entitled to claim of reward under the Reward Rules:

  • Detection and recovery/assessment of tax sought to be evaded.
  • Meritorious services and exceptional performance and specified statutes.

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The term “Meritorious Services” means and includes outstanding performance in any or a combination of the following areas:

  • Exceeding budgetary targets through extraordinary planning and efforts.
  • Displaying impressive results in the recovery of arrears.
  • Enlarging the base of taxpayers by adding a large number of new taxpayers whose contribution to revenues would be substantial
  • Outstanding performance in defending cases (by the Departmental Representatives) before the ATIR.
  • Displaying exceptional devotion to duty and acumen towards making some original contribution.

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