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ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has warned the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to stop harassing overseas Pakistanis, who are regularly sending remittances through legal banking channels.

While rejecting an appeal filed by the FBR against an order of the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO), the President stated that overseas Pakistanis are major source of remittances, but the FBR’s attitude is most unfortunate and uncalled with loyal overseas Pakistanis.

The President further stated that presently overseas Pakistanis are major source of remittances which is the most crucial segment of our fragile economy. It is just and fair to reject the representation of the FBR with strict directions that the overseas Pakistanis should be dealt with utmost empathy and kindness in order to encourage them to send more remittances through proper channels.

President endorses FTO’s order against FBR

Moreover, the FBR must pass on strict directions to all its field formations for utmost compliance. Thus, the representation of the FBR deserves to be disposed off with above observations.

In a detailed judgement against the FBR, the President stated that it is established on record that a loyal Pakistani overseas doctor with a sincere and inspiring vision to support the country voluntarily by bringing more remittances and investment in his own country, he got himself registered with the FBR. Unfortunately, instead of welcoming the goodwill gesture of the overseas Pakistani, the department issued notices to him to file returns for the period from June 2016 to June 2021.

Being working in Saudi Arabia and getting his salary there through a bank, he sent emails to FBR along with all the required documents, ie, evidence of remittances through proper channels. Unfortunately, the department did not bother to consider his stance/evidence and passed orders under section 122(5A) of the Income Tax ordinance 2001 unilaterally.

Thus, he was forced to file an appeal before the Commissioner Inland Revenue (Appeals) Sargodha who vide his order dated 12-10-2022 remanded back the case to the concerned officer for reassessment proceedings for the tax years 2017 to 2021 and annulled the order tax years 2016 on 29-03-2023.

Although, the department passed appeal effect orders on 20-01-2023 for the tax years 2017 to 2021 but surprisingly filed second appeal before the AITR Islamabad against the order of the CIR-Appeals pertaining to the tax years 2016 which is still pending for the adjudication.

In one of the major complaints of overseas Pakistani Dr Muhammad Naveed Khan, who is working as a medical doctor in Saudi Arabia since 2010, decided to take up the tax maladministration case to the FTO.

Dr Naveed is a resident Pakistani despite of the fact that he was residing in Saudi Arabia and was a non-resident.

He provided the FBR department proof of him being employed in Saudi Arabia since 2010 and that he never stayed in Pakistan for a period beyond the limit that could make him a “resident” under the statute. He also provided the FBR department proofs of banking channel remittances received in TY-2016 and onwards.

The department kept sending notices of demand, repeatedly, to the family of Dr Naveed and, on receipt of the demand notice of 7.5 million rupees, the mother of Dr Naveed suffered cardiac arrest, eventually leading to her death. Deliberately ignoring the rules, regulations and procedure and willful negligence on part of the concerned commissioner of the FBR department.

The FTO directed the chief commissioner-IR and commissioner-IR, Sargodha to conduct a departmental review of the facts of the complaint and rectify any wrong done to the complainant, for the purpose of correction in notices plus the redressal of maladministration, which was not followed by the FBR department.

The FTO made the concerned officers of the FBR department, namely Shakeel Ahmad Shakeel (CIR-Sargodha), Azmat Hayat Ranjha (CIR-Sargodha) apologize to Dr Naveed for harsh treatment and maladministration.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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Liaqat Gondal Oct 01, 2023 08:05am
Good job.
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Liaqat Gondal Oct 01, 2023 08:06am
Good job done by President.
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Liaqat Gondal Oct 01, 2023 08:08am
Good job done
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NXT Oct 01, 2023 08:40am
An apology won’t change the behavior of these officials! They obviously wanted bribes! They need to be fired.
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Akhunzada Oct 01, 2023 09:17am
شہرِ نا پرساں۔
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Adnan A Oct 01, 2023 09:45am
@NXT, no these FBR must be charged for negligence and dismissed from service for causing mental anguish to Dr Naveed
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Truth Oct 01, 2023 10:59am
The tax officials should have been fired. Simple. Make an example and test will fall in line
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N K Ali Oct 01, 2023 11:10am
The FBR is run by a bunch of uncivilised clerks who do not tax the rich and are even afraid to call on them, President Alvi flatly refused and put them in their place. This a classic example of killing the goose that lays tyhe golden egg. Salams.
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KU Oct 01, 2023 12:04pm
Only in our country would one witness the rabid FBR let loose against its own citizens, yet no one is willing to put a leash on its unlawful steps or even jail the personnel for Rs. 2 billion corruption every year in this organization.
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HK Oct 01, 2023 12:20pm
"President Arif Alvi has warned the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to stop harassing overseas Pakistanis, who are regularly sending remittances through legal banking channels." Why all paindoos are so afraid of overseas Pakistanis?
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Darpan Oct 01, 2023 12:32pm
Immediately, Income tax officer, should be removed from job and Murder charge should be initiated against him for irreparable loss to Dr navaid mother. If FBR wanted to see prosper Pakistan...then they should do it
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Mohsin Alim Qazi Oct 01, 2023 12:32pm
Part of the problem is that FBR is tasked with ever increasing targets from same set of tax payers - corporate and salaried individuals. Traders, real estate or agriculture sectors are literally not allowed to be touched. Hence the existing tax payers face increasing harassment to force them to pay undue taxes.
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Abro Oct 01, 2023 12:55pm
@HK, They are better educated and have higher intellect!
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gnay.aly Oct 01, 2023 01:19pm
Apology isn't enough these monsters
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Abdul Hafeez Oct 01, 2023 02:38pm
It has become a routine now that the Deputy and Additional Commissioners of CTO, LTO keep issuing notices to the law abiding citizens of the country without properly looking into the details submitted. Sometimes they even don't know the law properly. No knowledge of accounting principles and audit they issue notice just even to record their efficiency that they create a demand worth millions of rupees. THIS is their inefficiency. The commissioners must take a stern action against such officers and they should be dismissed from the tax departments. I can name the inefficient officers and even Commisoner appeal at CTO and LTO ISLAMABAD
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Saleem Oct 01, 2023 04:55pm
@Abdul Hafeez, All citizen of Pakistan paying taxes directly or indirectly. It is requested proper mechanism must be linked with CNIC and no need filling return. FBR be closed down which will be extra burden.
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Oct 01, 2023 05:00pm
No accountability and punishment for harassing the filer. 11 billion rupees money laundering is forgiven by state but a declarant is punished for disclosing assets. No wonder why elite & trader enjoy benefits being a non-filer.
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Oct 01, 2023 05:05pm
On the other side we Overseas Pakistanis are deliberately being targeted now a days through FBR with so disturbing notices. Don't know how they find out relations between social media accounts of Overseas Pakistanis and their FBR returns.
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Salman Ahmed Oct 01, 2023 06:32pm
@NXT, not just fired, but jailed
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Ahmed Oct 01, 2023 07:08pm
A person, lost a shocked mother, this happens only, in this unfortunate countrty, the so called Pakistan, and how much is left in this country.
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Tulukan Mairandi Oct 01, 2023 07:26pm
Just sending money home isn't enough. These overseas leeches must be milked for living the high life on foreign income while we suffer back home. There should not be special treatment. The nation needs the money to upgrade our military to meet the India and now even Afghan threat!!
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Ardl Oct 01, 2023 07:37pm
Introduce any law and wake up the vultures for new preys
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Saqib Oct 01, 2023 08:23pm
Whenever people's elected Government comes into power,FBR must be completely reformed and modernized along with all other public Departments. Right now, even a small win for a citizen is a big thing!!
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Majidah Burhan Oct 01, 2023 10:04pm
The matter should be treated as criminal negligence of FBR and concerned officers of FBR should be terminated from job.
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Mansoor Oct 01, 2023 10:52pm
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Mansoor Oct 01, 2023 10:52pm
@NXT, yes agreed
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Afridi Oct 01, 2023 11:44pm
So basically the behavior of FBR caused the death of his mother and yet the responsible officers got away just by a simple apology. We really are living in Banana republic. Pathetic!
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Afridi Oct 01, 2023 11:56pm
@Darpan , absolutely agree
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Afridi Oct 02, 2023 12:00am
@Tulukan Mairandi, Bhai jis pathar k neechay rehtay ho wahan say nikl ao
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Wahab Oct 02, 2023 12:07am
@Darpan , What if FBR wants their official's bank accounts to prosper? A Pakistani's bank account prosperity is Pakistan's prosperity!?!? That's how most of the Pakistan(i) works. They chose the leaders who are exactly like themselves.
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Wahab Oct 02, 2023 12:12am
@Saqib, And what if people of Pakistan elect a government that is composed of ALL corrupt officials? Pakistan(i) is corrupt and it is always listed along the most corrupt nations on this planet. From elected officials, landlords, civil servants to Army, everyone in Pakistan is out there to enrich their personal coffers. So who is going to police them, when the police is corrupt?
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Tahir Khan Oct 02, 2023 01:03am
Shakeel and Ranja should be downgraded and not just made to apologize. This apology too should be made public - a notification in the press.
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Tahir Khan Oct 02, 2023 01:08am
Apology? That's a joke. These two goons plus others involved should be downgraded and the "muafi nama" made public - published prominently in all major newspapers.
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Muhammad Aamir Oct 02, 2023 01:23am
We appreciate the efforts of president Arif. As overseas Pakistanis, our ultimate destination is Pakistan, We earn for our country. FBR should deal us in a professional manner. As far as the tax is concerned, we should file returns for whatever income we have in Pakistan...
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Z. D. Sheikh Oct 02, 2023 01:26am
Now a days, all institutions are against the public. Similarly FBR also stands beside them. However, I appreciate bold action by the President of Pakistan. BRAVO TO HIM.
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Bilawal Ali Oct 02, 2023 03:08am
Yes president Sahib you are right now FBR is looking like against Pakistan now the real estate business is completely stopped due to bad governance of Pakistan newly 7E section will finished all real estate business people are planning to shift another country my one question is this that if people are pay 10.5 percentage purchasing 236 K unfiler and filer 3 percentage and capital gain tax 236c unfiler 6 percentage and filer 3 percentage if huge taxes are paid then why the 7E section introduced to confessed and disturbed real estate now the investors or other people are not purchasing property on the top of that the losses are to bad concept of FBR which may be corrected
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Bilawal Ali Oct 02, 2023 03:11am
Good sir
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Abrar Ahmed Oct 02, 2023 06:25am
Is an apology, the most appropriate, action concerned FBR thieves ???. At least 10 of them in chain of responsibility or command should have been sacked without pension and the concerned desk officer should gave been put behind bars.
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Raza Oct 02, 2023 06:26am
This is the irony that who ever commits the cardinal sin of getting himself registered,suffers the same fate. While the " Non Filers" keep enjoying. They keep resending you notices so are harrased and stressed and then pay them bribe to get rid of these notices.
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Abrar Ahmed Oct 02, 2023 06:30am
@Abdul Hafeez, the additional commissioners, CTOs and LTOs are all hand in gloves with each other. What really needs to be done with FBR is an independent periodic audit of the recoveries and complaints. Based on results, people should be removed from FBR
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Azad ghulam Oct 02, 2023 07:09am
FBR ne bandy ki maan mar d aur ub just apologies kerne py terkha dia
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Ch. K A Nye Oct 02, 2023 08:55am
@Tulukan Mairandi, yet another comment from the baboon. Don't you get tired of playing the court jester?
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Ataullah Bhutta Oct 02, 2023 12:46pm
اسیلئے اورسیز پاکستانی پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری نہیں کرتے۔ایف بی آر ان نان ریزیڈنٹ پاکستانیوں کو اس قدر تنگ کرتا ہےکہ وہ پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری کرنے کا نہ صرف ارادہ ترک کر دیتے ہیں بلکہ پاکستان کے بھی خلاف ہو جاتے ہیں۔حکومت کو اس کا نوٹس لینا چاہئے اور ایف بی آر کو اپنے رویے پر نظرثانی کرنی چاہئے
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Syed Israr Ali Oct 02, 2023 01:12pm
Given the enormity of harassment, sufferings and victimisation of a non resident Pakistani doctor by FBR officials by colorful exercise of authority and abuse of power which even resulted in death of his mother on issue of illegal demand notice of Rs.7.5 million, apologies are a joke as concerned officials are guilty of manslaughter and strong arms of law should take its own course to tight nooze against their neck to award exemplary punishment.
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Asim Muhammad Oct 02, 2023 02:11pm
What will be punishment given to FBR staff causing mental stress and cardiac attach leading to the death of Dr’s mother when she received a outrageous demand of paying Rs7,500,000/-?
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Awais Oct 02, 2023 06:51pm
Problem is with our system. For overseas pakistani there must be some other set of rules in fbr system which ease overseas pakistanis to send remmittance with no burden of fbr. This will discourage Houndi system and people here gets white money through bank etc.
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Jim Oct 02, 2023 09:10pm
Fbr guys must be looking for kickbacks from the expat.
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Riaz Yousafzai Oct 03, 2023 10:22am
The same thing happened to me and I was too sent notices from FBR Sukkur region for my remittances. They showed it as earning from foreign business whereas I have clearly declared it as salary earning. I contested the case and submitted all the records of employment and remittances through banking channels to commissioner appeal and got a verdict in my favor but the corrupt and incompetent officials again appealed against me in the banking court with the same disgusting old stance even going thru the wording of the verdict. This department is the most corrupt and most incompetent.
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Idrees Khan Oct 04, 2023 06:29pm
Good paper for good business reporting.
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Idrees Khan Oct 04, 2023 06:31pm
@NXT, yes of course.It is the right dose for the FBR officials
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