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ISLAMABAD: Over 250 District Taxation Officers of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) are expected to directly communicate with the mobile phone companies, power distribution companies, and gas companies to disable mobile phone SIMs and discontinue electricity/gas connections of non-filers.

Sources told Business Recorder that the enforcement law was always present in the Income Tax Ordinance, but never enforced due to lack of will or political backing. The caretaker government is fully committed to broadening the tax base and this biggest enforcement has been taken across Pakistan on top priority basis.

According to sources, the FBR will issue a detailed procedure for implementation of the said enforcement measure across the country. To take immediate action against non-filers, the district taxation officers may directly write to the cellular companies, DISCOs and gas companies to disable mobile phone SIMs and discontinue electricity/gas connections of non-filers.

Non-filers: DTOs authorised to disconnect utility connections

In this regard, the FBR is already coordinating with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), DISCOs, and gas companies.

Under the law, the board shall have the powers to issue income tax general order in respect of persons who are not appearing on active taxpayers’ list but are liable to file return under the provisions of the Ordinance.

The income tax general order issued may entail any or all of the following consequences for the persons mentioned: Disabling of mobile phones or mobile phone SIMS; discontinuance of electricity connection; or discontinuance of gas connection.

The Board or the Commissioner having jurisdiction over the person mentioned in the income tax general order may order restoration of mobile phones, mobile phone SIMS and connections of electricity and gas, in cases where he is satisfied that the return has been filed; or person was not liable to file return under the provisions of the ordinance.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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Asad Rizvi Nov 19, 2023 07:23am
This concept would not sit well with many. However, I support this news. It's pitiful and disgusting to see the Tax to GDP record over the last few years. Economic ploys continue to deceive people despite the fact that it has sharply decreased to less than 9% in recent years. This is a great opportunity, if completely taken advantage of, to clean up the nation's economy. It was reported that China put this into effect in 2019 by banning millions of people from travelling for offences related to "social credit". Unpaid taxes and penalties were included. Potential passengers attempted to purchase tickets 17.5 million times, but their attempts were unsuccessful. Failure to purchase train tickets occurred in 5.5 million attempts. We have no choice but to take drastic steps.
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Aamir Nov 19, 2023 08:08am
Good. Let's see if this ever gets implimented
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Raza Hemani Nov 19, 2023 11:47am
The policy makers are crazy There are thousands of citizen who are not required to be a filler and/or pay taxes. Yet they are consumer if cell phone gas and other utility, how can they deprive them . Secondly why don't they take action against those big influential who do not pay their bills and get utlities through illegal means . UFG is big example .
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Builder Nov 19, 2023 06:53pm
The only solution is to hike GST/VAT to 25% and abolish income tax for all individuals. There will be some justice after all.
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