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Print Print 2023-12-25

Income tax returns: FBR warns non-filers of account freeze

  • Starts a countrywide survey of business and commercial units for registration of non-filers
Published December 25, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has warned that the non-filers of income tax returns may also face consequences of suspension of bank accounts and ban on local and foreign travelling through motorways and international air travel.

Muhammad Asif Chief Broadening the Tax Base (BTB) told media that the FBR has started a countrywide survey of business and commercial units for registration of non-filers.

According to him, the non-filers must register themselves with the nearest tax office to avoid the consequences like penalties & fines, disconnection of their utilities, suspension of bank accounts and in the extreme cases limiting their movement on motorways and airports.

FBR receives over 2.9m income tax returns

He said that the FBR through its field formations, spread over the entire country, is also in the process of conducting surveys and collecting information about businesses and commercial activities going on which shall be made available on this website in near future.

A document of the said official revealed that Pakistan has a population of 240 million. There is a very narrow tax base of around 5.2 million people who actually got themselves registered in tax system of the country and filed return of their income in the year 2022.

Pakistan confronts a formidable challenge in its fiscal landscape characterised by rampant tax evasion, an alarmingly low tax-to-GDP ratio, and an inadequately low number of tax filers. The country’s revenue generation suffers significantly, resulting in insufficient funding for critical public services and vital socioeconomic development initiatives.

He said that the pressing need to broaden the tax base looms large as a strategic imperative to fortify the nation’s financial foundation. Keeping in view the above, Federal Board of Revenue has launched a nationwide drive on broadening the tax base, targeting all eligible persons and those earning taxable income, to get registered with the tax system and file their return of income.

During the current year, it is estimated that 1.5 million new taxpayers shall be added to the regular taxpayers of the country.

Director BTB stated that the FBR, through third party data acquisition, has gathered a data of hundreds of thousands financial transactions of people who are still out of the tax net. This information is available on FBR’s website www.fbr.gov.pk under the title of “MALOMAAT”.

Anyone can get registered through a simple process and check a variety of transactions he/ she has undertaken during the last few years.

This information is periodically updated. This is also for the knowledge of all concerned that FBR is in possession of data of almost all those who are eligible to file return of income, it is just matter of a few weeks and days that all those committing non- compliance shall be brought to the tax net.

It is; therefore, in the interest of all to take advantage of the time, visit their nearest tax office and get registered to avoid the consequences like penalties and fines, disconnection of their utilities, suspension of bank accounts and in the extreme cases limiting their movement on motorways and abroad, Muhammad Asif added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Notsurprised Dec 25, 2023 08:15am
Don't warn. Do it already. And just filing is not enough. Millions of people file nil returns. This story of going after non filers is as old as Pakistan.
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Fuad Dec 25, 2023 11:05am
@Notsurprised, if you are filer, then no warning, but if you are a non filer then you can get multiple warnings and amnesty’s also
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Justice Dec 25, 2023 12:01pm
@Fuad Agreed. Non-filers are protected, get warnings, notices but to penalties. On the other hand, a salaried filer would get an audit notice even if there is a glitch in their system.
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Notsurprised Dec 25, 2023 12:31pm
The filed return of Kakar (and 95% politicians) is enough to reveal what is the mandate of FBR. They travel, wine and dine on our dime as lords, but their returns show them to be as poor as a labourer. Same was case of Imran Niazi. He lived on 1 lakh per year income per his tax returns (until selected for PM), managing a 300 kanal house by some miracle. Meanwhile agricultural tycoons in our parliament can declare income of 100 of millions because their tax is as low as Rs 500 per acre fixed. It is a travesty to be a taxpayer in Pakistan
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Qamar Abbas Dec 25, 2023 01:02pm
Dear respected Sir Assalamualaikum, It is requested that please provide facilities to nation of Pakistan in term of Tax returned. It is basic right of everyone.
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FMaqbool Dec 25, 2023 01:22pm
7 million tax filers didn’t file their returns this year… no action by FBR . No one is serious , 10,000 FBR employees didn’t file returns …..
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Twain pen di Dec 25, 2023 01:34pm
these idiots only studied the chapter about citizens tax responsibility towards the state, they didn't bother reading about state's responsibility towards its citizens against the tax paid. portraying a stupid concept of tax being qaumi fareeza, they only need money for عیاشی on state expense.
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wanker Dec 25, 2023 01:51pm
Everyone gets taxed through inflation so there's no need to file tax returns.
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Jamal Nasir Dec 25, 2023 02:22pm
FBR FIRST TAKE ACTION FROM HIS OWN HOUSE,THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES HAD NOT FILED TAX RETURNS. IN WESTERN STATES WHERE TAX IS COLLECTED,THEIR EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE FACILITY IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STATE,IT IS NOT A ONE WAY TRAFFIC THAT ONLY CITIZENS FULFILL THEIR RESPONSIBILITY.
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Justice Dec 25, 2023 02:49pm
Those who are speaking for welfare should understand that there can't be any welfare if only 2% pay tax. Also, one can't decide on his own that he shouldn't be filing tax for whatever reasons. Tax filing is and should be applicable to everyone or no one at all.
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مقصود Dec 25, 2023 03:15pm
السلام علیکم ۔ اگر ہو سکے تو ٹیکس کے نظام کی معلومات اردو میں لکھیں پاکستان کا المیہ یہی ہے کہ ایک فیصد لوگ انگریزی زبان کو سمجھتے ہیں اس وجہ سے عام آدمی کو کچھ پتہ نہیں کہ کیا ہو رہا ہے عقل استعمال کرنے کی تو نوبت ہی نہیں آتی کیونکہ زبان رکاوٹ بن جاتی ہے خدا کے لئے پاکستان پر رحم کریں ساری انتظامیہ انگریزی میں کام کرتی ہے اس طرح ملک بربادی کی طرف جا رہا ہے اپنی زبان اور اپنے دین کو پروموٹ کریں شکریہ
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MJ Dec 25, 2023 04:19pm
Once army will stop plundering the country, more citizens will be willing to file taxes. Now everyone knows army is looting the country. First they should tax army held businesses and corporation such as fauji foundation, defence and bahria housing schemes and partnerships in textiles and Mills of army personnel. Then come asking for poor locals about their taxes
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Ilyas Dec 25, 2023 11:08pm
FBR have huge staff in whole country. Sales Tax,Income tax & excise department. Post 1 officer+ 2 local police & sit at all high way petrol pump & ask owner ship paper of vehicle all type & confirm owner is filer or non. If non filer hold truck/ Trailer/ bus, car etc at petrol pump. & Give 3 days with fine Rs.10K. With NTN return filing proof than released vehicles .
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Maqbool Shah Dec 26, 2023 06:33pm
Aqal bhi koi cheez hoti hay.
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Haq Dec 27, 2023 10:31am
Rotten, unsustainable, corrupt, pro-elite system.... Collapse is inevitable. Country can't be managed with unabated borrowing, ever increasing external / internal / circular debt, exorbitant cost to utilities (electricity, gas),:falling industrial output, inflation, smuggling, black marketing, falling oil & gas reserves, Economic policies / economy / SBP hostage of IMF, with looming regional wars & threat of disruption of sea trade / imports ...
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Mirza Farhan Baig Dec 27, 2023 12:11pm
Pakistan marte dam takk SADLY ZINDABAD
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Bloody Civilian Dec 27, 2023 01:13pm
"A document of the said official revealed that Pakistan has a population of 240 million. There is a very narrow tax base of around 5.2 million people." What a pathetic bunch of liars. Every citizen of Pakistan is a tax payer by virtue of vast majority of indirect taxation levied. Filing is not responsibility of tax payer. Why should a tax payer spend time and money to provide formal record of taxes already paid? This, especially when a tax payer gets nothing substantial in return for taxes paid to government while all benefits are enjoyed by government, judicial and armed forces personnel. Let those hAram1 baboos sitting on their butts in FBR do actual field work to tax the armed forces business at full rates instead of subsidized rates, retailers/traders, agricultural sector, etc.
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Bloody Civilian Dec 27, 2023 01:14pm
Increase number of tax payers rather than increasing number of tax filers.
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