FBR requests Ministry of Power to refuse new gas and electricity connections to non-filers

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has requested the Ministry of Power to refuse new gas and electricity connections for non-filers.

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No power connections for non-filers, says FBR.

 

  • The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has requested the Ministry of Power to refuse new gas and electricity connections for non-filers.
  • FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi wrote to power minister to help with the implementation of Section 181AA of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.
  • FBR extends the date of filing the return for TY18 to August 2.

 

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) requests the Ministry of Power to refuse utility connections to non-filers. In a letter written to the power minister, FBR chairman Shabbar Zaidi sought help for implementation of Section 181AA of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

The ordinance stipulates that any application for commercial or industrial connection of utility (gas or electricity) will not be provided if the person is not an income tax return filer. Chairman FBR further added that the date to file the returns for TY18 has been extended till August 2nd.

Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi requested power ministry to make it mandatory to be on ‘Active Taxpayers List’  for availing commercial or industrial gas or electricity connection. FBR asked the power ministry to send instructions to power distribution companies in this regard.

For the first time, income tax filers cross the two million-mark:

Due to extensive efforts of FBR, the number of tax filers has crossed the two million mark for the first time in Pakistan’s history. At the beginning of the month, the FBR spokesperson shared that 70,000 availed the Prime Minister’s Amnesty Scheme.

He further shared that while 38000 submitted their details, 32000 are still present in the draft form, pending before FBR. The Tax Amnesty Scheme assured that if people declared their assets prior to the deadline, no action will be taken against them.

In developed countries, 80 to 90 percent of taxation is achieved through direct taxation, Pakistan struggles with broadening the tax net. FBR has taken some concrete steps to address the issue, which do look fruit-bearing so far.


Also See: More Than 70,000 Citizens Availed Tax Amnesty Scheme


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