No raid, no harassment of tax payers, says FBR chairman


ISLAMABAD: The President FPCCI Engr Darood Khan Achakzai along with Abdul Waheed Sheikh, Ijaz Khan Abbasi, Qurban Ali and Shireen Arshad Khan, Vice Presidents of FPCCI visited the office of Shabbar Zaidi congratulating him on assuming the charge of Chairman FBR.

During the meeting, the president FPCCI discussed various measures and proposals particularly for enhancement in a number of taxpayers and to increase their confidence level to achieve the set targets of revenues.

Engr Darood Khan Achakzai further said that misuse of powers by the tax authorities is creating a trust deficit and lack of confidence.

The Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi said that now there would be no raid and harassment to the taxpayers due to which the trust and confidence on tax collection agency have been shaken. He reiterated that the taxpayers will be given due respect and no active taxpayer will be exposed and publicized as non-active or non-filer in case of any delay in payment of tax or on any account.

He reaffirmed that no bank account will be frozen without prior intimation and notice to the bank account holder and FBR will devise a mechanism in this regard. The FBR Chief further said that the real estate is a fast-growing sector of the economy and FBR will devise various reforms. The tax amnesty scheme is also under process and will be announced soon, he stated.

The president FPCCI invited the Chairman FBR to visit FPCCI Headquarter at Karachi and it’s Capital Office Islamabad to discuss FPCCI’s budget proposals and to share a vision to revamp the tax system and machinery which is now the need of the hour to be shifted ineffective automated system to facilitate the taxpayers.

The Chairman FBR agreed to visit the FPCCI soon to get feedback and first-hand information from FPCCI members and apprise them of FBR stance.