FBR launches drive against tax evaders

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) here on Monday launched a countrywide drive against the tax evaders and non-filers and sending out notices to a larger number of individuals, instructing them to obtain national taxpayer numbers (NTNs) and start paying taxes, a senior official of the FBR said.”Yes we have launched a drive from March 21 (Monday) against tax evaders and those individuals who were not registered with tax authorities and evading taxes”, Member Inland Revenue Services (IRS), Khawar Khaushid Butt told APP.He however, said that all the filed formations and tax payers units have been directed to issue notices to individuals obtain their NTN and get registered with FBR for their tax payments.

“I have no exact number of issuing notices to such persons as a large number of persons who were tax evaders and were not holding the NTN have been served notices across the country”, he remarked.It may be mentioned here that Chairman FBR Salman Siddique at a seminar in Karachi on March 20 said that the FBR, in collaboration with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), had identified 2.3 million individuals who were not registered with tax authorities and evading taxes.The FBR has obtained key information about tax dodgers including their addresses and photographs.The FBR will give a month to these individuals to obtain their NTNs, following which, if they have failed to begin paying taxes, further action against them will be taken.”Initially we will adopt a facilitative attitude so that these people are encouraged to come clean but after this term expires, the FBR will prosecute these people under the relevant laws,” warned the FBR chairman. – Brecorder