No additional burden on existing taxpayers, says FBR
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has vowed to broaden the tax base without putting additional burden on the existing taxpayers.
This was stated by Mr. Shahid Anwar Khan, Chief Commissioner Inland Revenue, RTO Rawalpindi, while chairing the 8th meeting of Regional Tax Advisory Committee at the RTO.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (RCC&I), Rawalpindi Islamabad Tax Bar Association (RITBA) and a number of Trade Bodies and Associations from Rawalpindi as well as from Mufassil Areas (Jhelum, Chakwal, and Gujar Khan).
Mr. Anwar said the government wanted to take on broad the traders and business community before launching an exercise for broadening of tax base. The exercise to bring more people in the tax net would be facilitated by the FBR through distribution of a simple form amongst the traders of new commercial areas which have emerged during the last few years.
The form will require individuals to provide information about the name and nature of business, name of proprietor, CNIC number along with a copy, NTN (if existing taxpayer), along with proof of filing of return for tax year 2009. No further information will be obtained from these taxpayers.
The traders and businessmen attending the meeting appreciated the efforts of the Inland Revenue Department with regard to identification of new taxpayers in specified areas of Rawalpindi and Mufassil and to bring them into tax net, so that the tax burden was distributed amongst the existing taxpayers and the new ones. They also offered valuable suggestions to make this exercise successful.