Traders to protest in front of Parliament House today

Federal Board of RevenueLAHORE: The trade bodies have announced to hold a protest demonstration against Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) ‘unrealistic’ tax system, extortion mafia in Karachi and traders abduction in Balochistan, in front of the Parliament House on Tuesday (today).

A large number of protesters, including all trade bodies’ representatives from across the country are expected to participate in the demonstration will also besiege the FBR headquarters in Islamabad against the impractical and illogical system of the tax department. All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Central General Secretary Naeem Mir said that traders have decided to launch a joint agitation against the issuance of D Farm in front of the Parliament House in Islamabad. He said the business community considers this move as unjustified and illogical because it would not do any service to the FBR rather it would further tighten the noose around the registered taxpayers only.

Highlighting the major issues of traders, Mir criticised the FBR for introducing D Farm in tax returns. He questioned the FBR the logic behind the decision under which every trader will have to submit all details of his households, vehicles, petrol consumption, number of children and their schools fee amount.

He said the traders of Rawalpindi and Islamabad will observe shutter down strike for half day on Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm and participate the protest rally against issuance of D Farm, which has been made compulsory for tax returns, and violation of bank secrecy act by the officials of tax department. – Dailytimes