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Foreign travel ban on non-filers: NICOP holders, minors, students to be exempted

  • Tax expert questions how FBR would impose ban on non-filers (family members), who are actually dependent on the filer
Published June 24, 2024

ISLAMABAD: The restriction on foreign travel of non-filers from Pakistan would not be applicable on persons holding National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), minors, students and any other classes of persons as notified by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

The Finance Bill 2024 has proposed restriction on foreign travel, for a citizen of Pakistan excluding persons having NICOP, minors, students and other classes of persons as notified by the FBR for non-filing of return if liable to file return of income.

A tax expert stated that to encourage filing of return, the Finance Bill proposes to impose restrictions on foreign travel for Pakistani citizens. However, these restrictions shall not apply to individuals holding NICOP, minors, students, and other classes of persons.

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The proposed amendment aims to promote a culture of filing of returns of income in Pakistan, he added.

The tax expert raised a question how the FBR would impose a ban on non-filers (family members), who are actually dependent on the filer and their details have been fully declared in the income tax returns of the filer (family head).

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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T Jun 24, 2024 09:16am
Another failure coming soon...
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Asim Jun 24, 2024 09:35am
Fbr should also ban non filers from eating in restaurants with bill over 3000 must be paid by debit/credit card or bank transfer
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Maqbool Jun 24, 2024 10:23am
Excellent but exemptions only by Cabinet not FBR . A tax payer should only be-able to take his immediate family: wife and dependent children
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Nadeem Jun 24, 2024 11:11am
You can't be lucky, if you are not taking the first step your own
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Aam Aadmi Jun 24, 2024 11:51am
When humans turn mad, they act like this.
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Showdry Jun 24, 2024 12:15pm
Big Fish's, MMA, MPA WILL still Fly with bag full of Dollars...an other Door for Bribes...?
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Razi Raziuddin Jun 24, 2024 12:30pm
Stupid step by FBR and Government
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Humayun Niazi Jun 24, 2024 02:14pm
What about retired people, specially ex employees of airlines who have the facility of free/rebated air tickets..?
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Waheed ud din Jun 24, 2024 03:01pm
It is good step in the direction. There could some problem to some people but it will bring rationality in spending.
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Samir Jun 24, 2024 03:31pm
We should have immediate elections where only filers should be allowed vote. This will hopefully end political careers of all these clowns in the federal amd provincial government, assemblies & senate
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usman Jun 24, 2024 04:08pm
Reduce cash withdrawls by bank.Limit them to 20k a month.The lesser the physical cash the lesser the chances of tax evasions.For non filers cash withdrawls should be 5k a month only.
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Khalid Mahmood Jun 24, 2024 04:23pm
Such implementation with wayout .. is just to open new avenue of corruption for staff deputed on exit routes.
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FAISAL HUMAYUN Jun 24, 2024 06:16pm
NONFILER IS ALLOWED TO TRAVEL FOR UMRAH / HAJJ. SO IF HE PERFORMS UMRAH & FLIES ONWARD TO EUROPE, HE CAN DODGE THE RESTRICTION ( EASY)
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Maqbo Jun 24, 2024 07:29pm
@Humayun Niazi , if you are retired you should still file your returns , and pay Tax on your pensions and perks if any Tax due. I’m told if you get govt pensions of even Rs 12m it’s Tax Free
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Oldhabibian Jun 24, 2024 11:30pm
Shows the government is shortsighted as ever. How is the common worker to go to the Middle East? They are usually barely educated enough to read a sentence, let alone write.
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M Usman Farooq Jun 24, 2024 11:47pm
Good, but shall it be applicable on so called politicians while travelling to abroad ?
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Ahsan Jun 25, 2024 02:03pm
@Humayun Niazi , These restrictions are not for everyone but only for those who are liable to file the return but have not done so.
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Khurshid A Khair Jun 25, 2024 06:45pm
Excellent Question In our country most wife are actually house wife and hence no. Income of their own. Cannot be penalised Also widows This must be well thought about
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Khurshid A Khair Jun 25, 2024 06:47pm
Secondly what benefits do tax payers really get from government. Such as no pension
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