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Federal Board of Revenue to streamline tax refunds process to facilitate business community: Sajjad Haider Khan

Islamabad, November 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): Sajjad Haider Khan, Chief Commissioner, Regional Tax Office, Islamabad said that FBR would resolve genuine tax issue of business community to facilitate them in tax payment matters. He said all eligible taxpayers should pay tax honestly as it was a national obligation. He said FBR preferred to receive taxes with friendly approach instead of adopting coercive measures. He said the department was making efforts for broadening tax base instead of burdening existing taxpayers with additional taxes and business community should cooperate with it in such efforts.

He said soon a Tax Advisory Committee would be formed to settle tax issues of taxpayers in amicable manner. He said there were many wedding halls in Islamabad but only 15 were paying tax and urged that ICCI should cooperate with tax department in its efforts to curb tax evasion by genuine taxpayers. He said the process of tax refunds was being streamlined. He said RTO Islamabad wanted to address tax issues of business community with consultation which produced better results. He said he believed in open door policy and if any taxpayer has any genuine problem, he should visit his office without any hesitation.

Speaking at the occasion, Khalid Iqbal Malik, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that millions of rupees of taxpayers were stuck up in refunds due to which they were facing liquidity problems and urged that FBR should ensure timely tax refunds. He said FBR had extended last date for filing of income tax returns up to 30th Nov’16 which was encouraging. However, he stressed that last date should be further extended up to 31st Dec’16 to facilitate maximum taxpayers in discharging their tax obligations. He said Chief Commissioner RTO should play role in reducing gap between taxpayers and tax department.

He said FBR’s web portal “IRIS” was giving problems in e-filing of income tax returns as it was very slow and was responding timely. He said IRIS was also complicated and very difficult to understand for a common taxpayers. He emphasized that FBR should take measures to remove all problems of IRIS and simplify it that would help in improving tax revenue.

He said putting more tax burden on existing taxpayers was not a wise approach and FBR should focus on broadening the tax base. He said that if RTO, Islamabad has tax related complaint against any taxpayer in the region, ICCI should be taken on board in such matters so that issues could be settled in an amicable manner and without harassing any taxpayers. Khalid Malik Senior Vice President, Tahir Ayub Vice President ICCI, Khalid Javed, Tariq Sadiq, Zafar Bakhtawari, Naeem Siddiqui, Khalid Chaudhry and others also highlighted various tax issues for the attention of Chief Commissioner RTO, Islamabad.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526, 2253145, 8432676
Fax: +9251 225 2950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk
Website: www.icci.com.pk

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