LAHORE: Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Dr. Muhammad Irshad has said number of tax filers have increased to 1.4 million from 0.7 million while tax rate is being reduced 1 percent annually since this government came into power.
Addressing the traders and industrialists of Lahore at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) FBR chief pledged to facilitate taxpayers, saying that, “nobody would be allowed to tease or harass them as they are backbone of the economy.”
He said that no surprise visits of business premises would be conducted as he wants to establish friendly relations with business community. He said that the growth of private sector would help increase revenue.
He said that there would be no surprise inspection of the business premises. Concerned businessmen would be informed well before the time and all work would be done in friendly atmosphere.
FBR chief urged the businessmen to cooperate with the department for pending audit cases. He said that forthcoming budget is well consulted and based on the theme of revival of the economy.
“Refunds of Rs57 billion have already been given while issue of remaining would be resolved soon,” he assured adding that there is no tax on input or output in zero rated regime while government giving maximum facilities to the export-oriented industry.
Chairman FBR urged the LCCI to forward its proposals regarding two percent withholding tax on non-filers, Poultry sector, establishment of National Revenue Authority and Appellant Tribunal and to the FBR for consideration.
Chairman FBR spent over two hours here at LCCI and promised to facilitate them to the maximum. He said that we are friends. We should not see each other as rivals or hostile as our objective is same. He said that misunderstanding is the major reason of problems therefore regular liaison with the business community is being ensured to tackle this issue.
He suggested formation of an Advisory Committee having representatives from public and private sectors.
LCCI President Abdul Basit also spoke on the occasion. Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa, former office-beares and Executive Committee Members of LCCI also attended the meeting.
Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Shahid Hassan Sheikh, Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Malik Tahir Javed, Shafqat Saeed Piracha, Aftab Ahmad Vohra, Kashif Anwar, Zeeshan Khalil, Awais Saeed Piracha, Mian Muhammad Nawaz, Adnan Khalid Butt, Salman Basit, Mian Abdul Razzaq, Syed Mukhtar Ali, Tanvir Ahmad Sufi and Chief Commissioner RTO-II Lahore Khawaja Adnan Zahir, Chief Commissioner LTU Lahore Zulqernain Tirmzi, Chief Commissioner CRTO Lahore Syed Nadeem Rizvi, Chief Collector Customs Lahore Ms. Zeba Hai and, Commissioner Zone-VII CRTO Lahore Mr. Mahmood Jafri, FBR Foundation Islamabad Saleem Ranjha spoke on the occasion.