FBR to bring unregistered citizens into the tax net using ‘IT Tools’. Here’s how

Sources state that legal backing will be sought from the government to register the potential person with the FBR using IT systems.

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  • The Minister of State of Revenue is looking to broaden the tax base by bringing unregistered persons into the tax net.
  • IT systems and legal backing from the government are being sought to register potential taxpayers into the system.
  • Legal notices issued via SMS now have full legal cover under the proposed amendment to the income tax law.

Dr. Waqar Masood intends to bring unregistered persons into tax net.

According to sources, the  Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Minister of State on Revenue, Dr. Waqar Masood Khan is calling a special meeting of the IT Wing of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL), and all relevant IT-related tax officials. Sources state that two important IT-related meetings will be held today (Thursday).

Both the meetings would be conducted at the FBR Headquarters by Dr. Waqar Masood. The first meeting would include the Board of Directors of PRAL, while the second would consist of the IT-related tax officials.

FBR will now utilize IT systems to broaden the tax base.

In the meeting, Dr. Waqar Masood intends to review the FBR’s progress in broadening the tax base. The meeting’s objective is to finalize a national plan for using IT tools for bringing unregistered persons into the tax net.

Sources state that legal backing will be sought from the government to register the potential person with the FBR using IT systems. It should be noted that Dr.  Waqar Masood Khan is giving particular focus to the IT tools for expanding the tax net.

FBR and related authorities devising ways to register tax non-filers efficiently using the IT system.

According to sources, the Minister has also directed all IT-related officials to regularly update the progress being made in using third-party data to expand the tax base effectively.

FBR Chairman Javed Ghani, FBR Member IT, and other Members would also inform the Minister on the ways and means for speedy registration of non-filers using the IT system and FBR’s database linked with a third party.

According to FBR, SMS will now have full legal cover under the proposed amendment to the income tax law.

In similar news, the FBR recently decided to give legal cover to the notices (for seeking requisite documents or compliance of tax laws) being served to Pakistan’s citizens through the SMS service.

Any document served through the SMS will now have full legal cover under the proposed amendment to the income tax law. Through a text message, the FBR will seek any documents from the filers or non-filers or issue a notice or communicate with the taxpayers legally.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • Simplification of registration process,simplification of returns and payment mechanism coupled with Help Desk/Kiosks, mass education campaigns and friendly Nd helping behaviour of the Tax officials with incentives for the potential Tax Payers can yield better results.Depending on Technology for increasing the Tax base is a misconception because in reality Technology is only an enabler to help speeding up the processes.It is unfortunate that we find out business solutions in Technology

  • 1- Transparency.
    2- Equality before law.
    3- Simple procedure as ABC.
    4- Access of every tax payer to every information by every other tax payer for auto accountibility as no-one will let anyone to be a VIP.
    5- Include everyone as you may not be in power everytime.


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