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Parliament Secretariat seeks details of 0.5m zero taxpayers

Parliament Secretariat seeks details of 0.5m zero taxpayers

ISLAMABAD: Parliament Secretariat has asked Federal Board of Revenue to provide details and income tax returns of those 0.5 million of taxpayers who paid zero tax during tax year 2017-18, it is learnt here.

According to official sources, at least 1.6 million of taxpayers submitted income tax returns during tax year 2017-18 where around 0.534 million of taxpayers paid zero of tax during the said period. Parliament secretariat has asked the FBR to provide details and their income tax returns, sources added.

Sources further told that office-barriers of chamber of commerce and industries are also included in those taxpayers who didn’t pay any taxes.

Meanwhile sources also confirmed that the Parliament Secretariat has also reviewed a proposal to ban those taxpayers who didn’t pay taxes and are office-bears of the FCCI and other associations.

Sources informed that most of those taxpayers who submitted the income tax returns with zero tax paid with the aim to avoid any further taxes are salaried, agriculture, property income taxpayers.

It is important to mention here that FBR has exempted these taxpayers from the audit; however, increase in the number of taxpayers with zero tax paid is a serious issue which needs an immediate action from the related authorities.