ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue Member Information Technology Ms. Nausheen Javaid Amjad has disclosed that Federal Board of Revenue will soon launch tax e-Payment system. E-payment system had to be launched in June 2017 but due to some financial problems and technical reasons FBR could not launch this on time.
These views were expressed by FBR Member IT during an exclusive interview with Customs Today. She said that Federal Board of Revenue is also expanding and developing its IT infrastructure for international tax cooperation through OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. FBR has best IT system and its recently launched IRIS software is working properly.
She said, “FBR is trying to curb the menace of tax evasion through effective IT system, for this purpose we are managing data of taxpayers and increasing our resources. Almost all taxpayers try to pay taxes in last four or five days of financial year; due to this practice, heavy burden is put on our IT system and sometimes it slows down.
She hoped that tax e-payment will resolve this issue as after launching of e-payment system, taxpayers can deposit the tax from anywhere even through ATM or mobile phone banking.
She said this is really a revolutionary step and taxpayers will feel ease to pay their taxes. This system be will helpful for Karachi taxpayers in real terms. In current situation, everybody feels risk to carry heavy amounts so through this system taxpayers can deposit taxes without carrying paper money.
She stated, “We are preparing a new plan and strategy for FBR in the field of Information & Communication Technology (ICT). This will open new avenues for widening of tax net for FBR. I have served many years in field formations and I am aware of all the problems, it’s not an easy job, therefore, I prefer to work for resolving the issues of field formations.”
She said, “We need to educate our taxpayers regarding online system and FBR is doing hard efforts for it. She said at least FBR should have financial independence for their necessary development projects.
She said, “We monitor and control software development and implementation by Pakistan revenue automation limited for external vendors and grant mandatory prior approval for initiating new or modifying, enhancing, shelving existing software application.”