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ISLAMABAD: The cellular companies’/ telecom operators have agreed with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to initiate the manual blocking process of non-filers of income tax returns.

The FBR has engaged in a series of significant meetings with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and telecom operators across Pakistan to ensure the effective implementation of Income Tax General Order No. 1, issued under Section 114 B of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001.

These meetings aimed at addressing the enforcement of measures to disable mobile phone SIMs of non-filers for tax year 2023. Multiple discussions were held to streamline the process and ensure compliance with tax regulations.

After several deliberations, the telecom operators have agreed to initiate the manual blocking process in small batches until their systems are fully equipped to automate it. In this regard, the first batch comprising 5000 non-filers has been communicated to the telecom operators Friday for compliance regarding SIM blockage.

Subsequent batches will be sent to them on a daily basis. Moreover, Telecom operators have also commenced sending messages to non-filers regarding blocking of SIMs for intimation purpose.

This collaboration underscores the commitment of FBR and telecom operators to uphold tax regulations and ensure compliance among taxpayers. It also signifies a significant step towards enhancing tax collection and enforcement mechanisms in the country.

The FBR appreciates the cooperation of all stakeholders involved in these discussions and looks forward to continued collaboration to strengthen tax compliance in Pakistan.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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IMTIAZ CASSUM AGBOATWALA May 11, 2024 07:59pm
A foolish step. There are other ways to make non filers as filers .
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