Chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Shabbar Zaidi said they were working to make the tax-collecting body faceless, making lesser contact between the tax officers and masses.
While addressing an event at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) Zaidi said, “The only way forward is to adopt automation and use of technology in collecting taxes, there is a need to improve the perception of FBR.”
He said online systems would reduce harassment of FBR officials and improve the level of trust of tax authorities. He announced that “we will launch a faceless electronic audit system next year. We are currently simplifying tax systems with the support of the World Bank, “he said while admitting that current processes are complex.
The FBR chairman said they were working to establish a data bank in the tax authority aimed at collecting all information on tax filers, which are not revealed in their income tax returns. This data bank will force people to reveal their complete information in the tax returns, the tax-collection authority chief said adding that even in United States (US) people are afraid to conceal their assets citing government action.
Describing in detail the achievements of the FBR, he said that the e-sahulat portal and asset survey site, as well as the online sales tax registration process, are making things easier. He also called for strict measures against the misuse of Afghanistan’s transit trade and said it had caused huge revenue losses in the country.
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