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ISLAMABAD: Inland Revenue Enforcement Network (IREN) squads of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), in a counter-evasion operation, seized non-duty/tax paid cigarettes (approximately 14,798,000 sticks) worth Rs30,741,100, resulting in detection of evasion of taxes and duties of Rs. 26,184,100 in August, 2021.

Likewise, during the period from July to August, 2021, IREN had seized 26,030,500 illegal cigarettes worth Rs. 48,537,140. As such evasion of taxes and duties worth of Rs. 44,786,258 was detected. This action is in pursuance to directions of the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan against illicit sale of non-duty/tax-paid and counterfeit cigarettes.

IREN was established in September 2019 with a Chief Coordinator, Central Field Coordinator and seven regional enforcement hubs all across Pakistan, tasked to conduct raids and seizures on the counterfeit and non-duty paid cigarettes.

As a part of ongoing crackdown against illicit cigarette trade country wide, all IREN hubs intensified their operation against businesses dealing in non-duty paid and counterfeit cigarettes to save national exchequer from revenue loss. Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed, the Chairman FBR, appreciated the performance of IREN staff. It is expected that over the next few months’ implementation of Track & Trace System and its extension into AJK, coupled with IREN’s valiant drive would help overcome the menace of counterfeit, illicit and non-tax paid cigarettes in the market.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

FBR

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