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ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has included four new members in the Reforms and Resource Mobilization Commission (RRMC) to review tax/revenue policies, budget proposals and amendments to the Finance Bill and suggest measures/policies for resource mobilisation.

In this connection, the FBR has issued a notification here on Tuesday.

Now, the total number of members of the RRMC stands at 16.

According to the notification, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue has added following new members: Abid Shaban, Advocate Supreme Court; Zeeshan Ejaz, FCA Partner, KPMG; Taha Baqai, Director Tax and Legal Services, PWC and Habibullah Khan, Ex-Member IR Operations, FBR.

Importance of ‘RRMC’ in taxation issues highlighted

Presently, members of the PRMC, headed by Ashfaq Tola, would have Asif Haroon, Haider Ali Patel, Abdul Qadir Memon, Dr Veqar Ahmed, Ziad Bashir, Saqib Sherazi, Ghazanfar Bilour, President FPCCI or his nominee, President Pakistan Tax Bar Association, Chairman FBR, member (Reforms and Modernization) FBR Secretary to the Commission, whereas, Nisar Muhammad-Customs, Dr Muhammad Iqbal-Income Tax and Abdul Hameed Memon-Sales Tax have been included as subject experts.

Under the terms of reference (ToRs) of the commission, it would advise and make recommendations to the finance minister in the areas: (i) to review existing revenue policies, evaluate FBR data at macro level, and identify initiatives, measures, policies for resource mobilization, ease of doing business, and pro-economic growth; (ii) to identify issues, difficulties, snags, risks of the existing tax system and recommend remedial measures; (iii) to review the budget proposals, evaluate their consequences on business, and advice finance minister on practical aspects of budget proposals; (iv) to review the proposed amendments to Finance Bill and make recommendations to Dar on implications of proposed amendments on businesses; (v) to review the complexities of lax legislation and recommend simplification, eg, different compliance levels for different categories of taxpayers; (vi) to suggest action plan to curb the parallel economy and to make recommendations for improving financial inclusion in the documented system; (vii) to review and recommend a robust IT system on modern lines and upgrade existing IT facilities to maximize tax compliance. enforcement, broaden the tax base and provide taxpayer facilitation; (viii) to make recommendations for minimizing taxpayer/ tax collector interaction and maximising trust between the FBR and the taxpayers; (ix) to review and advise restructuring of the FBR.

The commission would advise restricting of the FBR from the perspectives; (a) to evaluate the possibility of making FBR autonomous; (b) to evaluate the possibility of establishing an independent audit system;(c) to evaluate the possibility of establishing a separate legal department; (x) to make recommendations on harmonisation of GST between Federation and provinces and development of a single portal for filing of sales tax returns; (xi) any other related matter.

The Commission; (i) would be independent and headed by a full-time chairman and its chairman would report directly to finance minister; (ii) may interact with stakeholders and form sub-groups, and evaluate their proposals for the federal budget (in) may co-opt any other person with the prior approval of the finance minister; (iv) may avail services of any expert (s) on need basis; (v) will have a full-time Secretariat at the FBR and the FBR shall provide logistic and RR support to the Commission; (vi) would take decisions by a majority vote of all members; and (vii) would submit its first report by mid of April 2023.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Ather Ahmed Feb 08, 2023 10:25am
Why to reinvent the wheel?
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Pakistani1 Feb 08, 2023 01:18pm
Government should show seriousness in overcoming economic problems by reducing and not increasing its expenses. If these new members are vital then let 4 members go from the current members.
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Mian M N Shaite Feb 08, 2023 02:32pm
Samdhi sahib competing with PM's 80 member cabinet. Or is he trying to legitimise his incompetence.
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fuad Feb 08, 2023 03:07pm
Its a "Tola" of lobbyists who represent various Mafias in the system. They will safeguard their clients interests at the expense of the gullible taxpayer.
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fuad Feb 08, 2023 03:08pm
@Mian M N Shaite, Samdhi's have now become the rule of the roost.
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Adeel Mukhtar Feb 09, 2023 07:51pm
@fuad, Infact, the clients are also the gullible taypayers by the way
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bonce Feb 10, 2023 12:35am
@Mian M N Shaite, Samdhi will not decrease the numbers of cabinet members this is the weakness of our peoples. In this way they can make more money for better life they have no interest for the country. In Europe if you want loan they have criteria and accept their terms and conditions. Same IMF doing with us. They know our weakness then they take more advantage from us.
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