FBR launches broadening of tax base campaign

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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has kick-started its ‘Broadening of Tax Base Campaign 2011-12’ by issuing notices. Traders associations are showing mixed reaction on the move as Anjuman Tajiraan strongly rejected the development, while Qaumi Tajir Ittehad (QTI) asked business community to cooperate with tax collectors. FBR’s Regional Taxpayer Offices (RTOs) have issued notices to a number of traders associations in the provincial capital, in which RTOs have asked trade bodies to intimate their members to display their National Tax Number (NTN) and Sales Tax Registration Number (STRN) at a prominent place in their offices or shops. FBR notices indicate that FBR’s survey teams will visit city markets to check NTN and STRN. However, no tax official will ask any question from taxpayer or registered person who has displayed NTN and STRN certificates. The survey teams will inquire particulars as prescribed by the law only from the persons who will not display their NTN and STRN at their workplace and will initiate necessary action under the law. The tax collector in its letter pointed out that broadening of tax base campaign has been initiated on the direction of the federal finance minister.