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People in litigation with FBR cannot avail tax amnesty scheme

People in litigation with FBR cannot avail tax amnesty scheme

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail has said that the people who are in litigation with the FBR cannot avail themselves of the tax amnesty scheme.

However, talking to media, he said that those who have received notices from the revenue board can benefit from this scheme.

The PM’s adviser said that the government could get direction from the courts regarding the pending cases. Hopefully, the courts will give directions that the litigants could also avail themselves of the tax amnesty scheme.

The adviser agreed that increasing the tax slab from Rs600,000 to Rs1,200,000 no doubt would result in shortage of revenue collection. According to him, the FBR would face Rs90 billion deficit in revenue collection after this proposal. However, he said this shortfall is in terms of accounting but at the end of the day the government would be the beneficiary of this scheme.

“Though in terms of accounting, the government is in loss but in terms of economics, the government is the beneficiary even after the tax exempt amount is increased from Rs600,000 to Rs1,200,000. Those 90 billion rupees would ultimately be spent in the market and a huge chunk of money will come into national kitty in the form of income tax”, remarked the adviser.

Majority of the direct taxpayers are from salaried class and by increasing the tax slab would no doubt result in shortage of tax collection. However, apart from salaried class, there is another class whom they call “self-employeed” which is still not in the tax net. Those who are earning Rs200,000 a month can easily pay 5 percent of their annual income which is not a big issue for them to whiten their money. Inclusion of this class into the tax net would be a great achievement for the government, he said.

“Most of the Pakistanis have parked their wealth in the real estate sector. We have simplified the process through this tax amnesty scheme for such people. We have offered them through this scheme to come and get register your property by paying only one percent tax. We have made it compulsory that the non-filers would be unable to purchase property above Rs4 million. Through this scheme we have offered them to come and register them. Through this scheme the government could buy anyone’s property in double rates within the time period of six months. This will force the property owners to declare right prices of their property”, commented Miftah.