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Field staff will not be allowed to harass traders: DG FBR

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Islamabad: Director General Federal Board of Revenue Aziz Ahmad Bilour has said that the decision regarding income and sales tax audit has been taken in the larger interest of county. Its not against anyone, rather audit will help improve collections which will help country stand on its own feet. Reservations on the part of some circles are unfounded, he said.

Speaking to a delegation of traders led by Malik Sohail Hussain, President, Traders Welfare Association Blue Area and Malik Saghir Chairman of the association, the DG FBR said government know the problems of trading community and they would be provided utmost relief. “Field staff will not be allowed to harass any shopkeeper,” said Mr. Bilour adding that strict action would be taken against those who annoyed the small traders.

He said that those who traders who want to avoid government offices should take their tax issues to respective associations and FBR will help settle matters locally. In such case, no official will visit the businesses, he said.

He said that country is facing dearth of funds which has pushed government to initiate audits and broaden tax net. He said that we had received Rs 120 million under the head of sales tax and experienced refunds to the tune of Rs 110 million which is injustice. “Anyone who ears will have to pay tax,” said Aziz Bilour adding that his doors are open for everyone.

At the occasion, Malik Sohail said that business community is not against tax audit as it is imperative to run the affairs of the government. “We understand the situation but current slump has badly affected the productivity and financial health of business entities due to which their tax paying capacity has also been affected,” he said.

The present situation would not permit us to pay additional taxes therefore businessmen may be facilitated by withdrawing tax audit till the time the recession is over. He demanded FBR to devise future policies with mutual consensus of the business community to achieve better results. -SANA

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