FBR appreciates response to its Outreach Program

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Tuesday appreciated the response to its Taxpayer Outreach Programme which was launched to approach and facilitate taxpayers, being individual employees, through their employers for filing of their returns.

This program was a step towards broadening the tax base in the country, said a press statement issued by the board here Tuesday.

According to the statement, Pakistan Army took the lead in this respect and subsequently FBR started a series of workshops to educate, motivate and facilitate the taxpayers to file their Income Tax Returns.  The statement, however clarified that tax was already being deducted in respect of all personnel of Armed Forces deriving taxable salaries and only electronic filing of returns is being facilitated.  Moreover, pension of ex-servicemen of Armed Forces, like every other pensioner, was exempt from tax.

Following this lead, various heads of large organizations and leading banks approached FBR in this respect, the statement added.

In response different teams were constituted led by senior Members of FBR who conducted various meetings with heads of these organizations to create understanding and awareness about tax obligations and offered facilitation to the taxpayers to boost filing of Income Tax Returns, it said.