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IR officials to deliver notices to tax evaders

Inland Revenue officers of the Regional Tax Offices (RTOs) would physically deliver around 14,000 to 15,000 notices to tax evaders and undocumented persons at the available residential/business addresses for bringing them into the documented regime.

Sources told Business Recorder here on Tuesday that the FBR has not suspended the exercise of broadening the tax base after announcement of the new tax incentives scheme by the government. The exercise of serving the notices to tax evaders continues without any break. The unregistered persons, who have received notices from the FBR, can also avail the new tax incentives scheme. Around 14,000 to 15,000 notices remained unserved by the courier companies. The FBR has decided to send all such notices to the relevant RTOs to ensure delivery of notices by the Inland Revenue officers. The field formations would physically deliver the notices at the declared addresses on the computerised national identity card numbers (CNICs).

Under section 218 (Service of notices and other documents) of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001, any notice, order or requisition required to be served on a resident individual for the purposes of Income Tax Ordinance shall be treated as properly served on the individual if personally served on the individual; sent by registered post or courier service to the place specified or to the individual's usual or last known address in Pakistan or served on the individual in the manner prescribed for service of a summons under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.

In a new move to expedite issuance of notices to un-documented persons, the FBR has exercised the powers under the said provision of law for serving of notices to the tax evaders, sources said.

So far the FBR has sent 40,000 notices to potential non-filers till date. It was an on-going exercise against potential non-filers which would not be halted at any cost.

The FBR had tried to serve notices through Express Post - urgent mail courier service - for delivery of notices to far-flung areas where private courier companies are delaying the delivery. The services of Pakistan Post were hired to ensure speedy delivery of notices to the un-documented persons in view of poor performance of the existing courier company. However, the step taken to hire Pakistan Post has failed to achieve the desired results. Now the Inland Revenue Officers would personally deliver these 14,000 to 15,000 notices to tax evaders.

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