FBR identifies 7.4m tax evaders through Mobile subscriptions’. Here’s how

The federal body has divided the database of 6.4 million National Tax Number holders into five categories.

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  • The FBR has identified 7.4 million people who have not registered as tax filers.
  • The system applied by the FBR uses the ‘Track & Trace Policy’ to improve tax collection.

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FBR uses Mobile subscriptions to identify tax evaders.

More than 7 million people have been identified by the Federal Board of Revenue who have not registered as tax payers despite undertaking worth millions of transactions. The Special Assistant to the PM on Revenues, Dr. Waqar Masood, shared the information.

Speaking to a local news outlet, the SAPM said, “The FBR identified 250,000 individuals out of one million filers who claimed no income source but were found to have paid PKR 20 billion in withholding taxes”.

Dr. Waqar added that the FBR had chosen 70,000 biggest asset holders after eliminating salaried persons and served them “polite tax notices.”

He also remarked that it would become impossible to evade taxation with the increased incorporation of technology.

The federal body has divided the database of 6.4 million National Tax Number holders into five categories. It emerged that only 2.7 million were filing returns. The SAPM revealed that most of the remaining 3.7 million people have not been filing returns for the last five years.

The lifestyle of these non-filers had been examined for the last three years, which revealed that they paid more than PKR 100 billion in withholding taxes, showing notable transactions.

Rejecting the possibility of an expansion in the tax returns filing deadline, Masood said that the FBR would form a policy for the non-filers.

The law enforcement agency also obtained data of 100 million subscribers from cellular companies. Dr, Masood stated that transforming such databases to taxability is challenging for which technology will be used.

Following this, anyone can can what kind of data the FBR possesses against each Pakistani citizen on its website.

The SAPM added only 45,000 companies out of 100,000 were filing returns. For companies, the system applied by the FBR uses the ‘Track & Trace Policy’ to improve tax collection, which will be used for divisions like fertilizer, cement, tobacco, sugar, and beverages.

What are your views on this? Share in the comments bar below.

  • We need action not just talk. PK tax collection should be at least 10,000 crore each year if not more. If we get that we don’t have to go to the IMF or anyone else.

  • The Corrupt FBR stages new dramas every year but does not even collect half of what it should. They are relying on indirect taxes which are deducted at source. There main job is to increase income tax collections but it is decreasing month after month. The only thing they are interested in, is the size of the corrupt money they themselves make by causing billions of losses to the state. The FIA must start investigating assets of these employees.


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