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Govt making fundamental changes in FBR to put economy on right track: Hammad Azhar

Govt making fundamental changes in FBR to put economy on right track: Hammad Azhar

LAHORE: The participants of National Management Course (NMC) freely asked questions from Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar and Chairman FBR Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan during their visit to Federal Board of Revenue Office and the questions were candidly and frankly responded by them.

A group of fifty five senior civil servants undergoing the 110th National Management Course (NMC), along with Rector and Dean of the National Management College (NMC), Lahore visited FBR House here Wednesday.

Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar in his address to the participants said that government is trying to put economy of the country on the right track and FBR’s role is of utmost importance. “We are making fundamental changes in FBR and separating tax policy from operations. At the same time efforts are underway for Optimization of Revenues, IT Driven Processes, Investment Friendly Tax System, continuous Improvement and Innovation, and Professional Workforce,” he added.

FBR Member Inland Revenue (Policy) Hamid Ateeq Sarwar gave a detailed presentation of the various policy and operational challenges faced by FBR and highlighted the strategies adopted by the FBR to address these issues.

He also discussed the major initiatives of FBR to enhance revenue generation through ICT based tax system with minimal interaction between taxpayers and tax collectors, automated risk system for identification of tax fraud and tax evasion and real-time linkages between FBR database with third party data holders.

The briefing was followed by a detailed questions & answers session. The NMC participants freely asked questions which were candidly and frankly responded by Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar and Chairman FBR Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan.

At the end of the Q&A session, the Rector National Management College (NMC), Lahore Ali Azmat Ranjha thanked Chairman FBR for providing the participants of NMC with an opportunity to interact with FBR’s top management and to understand the grass-root issues facing the country’s economy and the revenue collection system. Appreciating the performance of the FBR, he said that it is the need of the hour to adopt and promote tax culture at every level of the society.