PESHAWAR: Director General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority (KPRA) Tahir Aurakzai has said that the provincial government has collected over Rs30 billion taxes from the services sector in last three years with telecom sector topping the list of revenue collection.
Talking to media persons here, Aurakzai said the collection of taxes from services sector has been brought under the domain of provincial revenue authority in the wake of 18th Amendment.
He informed that in 2014-15, the KPRA collected Rs6.5 billion tax as against the target of Rs12 billion. The failure to collect to achieve the target was due to unfavorable conditions and shortage of staff.
Similarly, in 2015-16, as against the target of Rs 8 billion the authority collected Rs7.27 billion and in 2016-17, it collected Rs10.27 billion as against the target of Rs10 billion.
Referring to the current year financial (2017-18), the authority generated Rs5.4 billion from the taxes by the end of December as against the target of Rs13.65 billion.
The DG informed the maximum collection was made from the telecom sector which comes to 53 percent of the total collection.
To a question, he informed that taxes collection from the services sector could be increased from Rs 40 to 50 billion.
“ In the initial stages, we made Peshawar and Abbottabad as our target for tax collection which will be expanded to other parts of the province soon,” he remarked.
The regional tax offices are functional in Peshawar, Abbottabad and Bannu, he added. The collection of General Sales Tax (GST) and other taxes are still under the domain of FBR.
He said “The FBR has given us the target of Rs22 billion for current financial year, of which Rs13.80 billion would be collected through KPRA.”
He said rules and regulations of KPRA had been drafted with main focus on ensuring transparency and meeting the required targets. The employees of KPRA have been inducted through a transparent manner and were being trained in tax collection matters.