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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is compiling authentic data of pending and issued refunds with regard to income tax and sales tax/federal excise duty (FED) for the period July 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 for onward transmission to the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO), investigating case of alleged figure fudging.

The Chief Executive of TDAP S M Muneer has urged the government to immediately pay sales tax refund to business community which were delayed for last two years. This is a great hurdle in the economic growth of country. "If government pays this refund to all business community, he takes responsibility to take export to $5 billion during this year," he added.
Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) has asked the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to issue contradiction of a circular/letter issued against a member of the LHCBA on the subject of non-professional and unethical behaviour of a tax lawyer. It is learnt that the LHCBA has written a letter to the FBR Chairman in this regard.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) provisionally collected Rs 1,519 billion during July-February 27, 2014-15 against Rs 1,341 billion in the corresponding period last fiscal year, reflecting a growth of 13 percent. According to the provisional data compiled here on Friday, the monthly collection in February 2015 amounted to Rs 181.906 billion against Rs 143.224 billion in February 2014, reflecting an increase of 27 percent.
Lutfullah Virk, Director General Customs Intelligence has assured the customs agents to implement foolproof checks for effectively tackling illegal return of Afghan Transit cargo through Torkham/Chaman; unsatisfactory performance of trackers installed on vehicles and discrimination in ascertained value of textile fabric and other consignments.
Tax Reform Commission''s (TRC) sub-committee has recommended removal of double taxation by federal/provincial authorities, as Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is taxing banking, insurance, franchise services, etc, at federal level despite payment of sales tax at provincial level. Sources told Business Recorder here on Friday that the TRC''s sub-committee on sales tax and federal excise duty (FED) has recommended removal of double taxation on certain services by both federal and provincial governments.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has proposed that Active Taxpayers List for financial year 2014-15 shall be published and made available at Board's web portal by March 21, 2015. The FBR has proposed amendment in Income Tax Rules 2002 through an SRO.176(I)/2015 issued here on Friday. The FBR has also proposed that the Active Taxpayers List published during financial year 2013-14, shall be valid up to March 20, 2015.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln