FBR con­ducts com­put­erised bal­lot­ing to se­lect tax au­dit cases

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The Fed­eral Board of Rev­enue (FBR) has con­ducted on Tues­day com­put­erised bal­lot­ing for se­lec­tion of composite in­come tax and sales tax au­dit cases and se­lected 9740 cases out of to­tal 448,312 Tax re­turns cases for tax year 2011.

Out of 426,602 non-cor­po­rate sec­tor cases, 8,523 cases were se­lected whereas in cor­po­rate sec­tor, 1,217 out of 21,710 cases were se­lected through the com­put­er­ized bal­lot­ing. Zul­fiqar Khan, Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Tax Bar As­so­ci­a­tion pressed the but­ton for se­lec­tion of cases. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of All Pak­istan Tax Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Is­lam­abad, Rawalpindi Tax Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istan Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Is­lam­abad Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Rawalpindi cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Mem­bers of Me­dia and se­nior of­fi­cials of FBR were present on the oc­ca­sion.

Mustafa Ashraf Mem­ber (Tax­pay­ers Au­dit) told me­dia per­sons that the se­lec­tion has been made on the ba­sis of vari- ous risk pa­ram­e­ters de­vel­oped af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with all stake­hold­ers.

He said ap­prox­i­mately 15 per­cent of re­turns filed in Large Tax­payer Unit (LTUs), 5 per­cent of re­turns filed by cor­po­rate cases and 2 per cent of re­turns filed by non-cor­po­rate tax­pay­ers in Re­gional Tax­pay­ers Unit (RTOs) was made only to pro­mote vol­un­tary com­pli­ance. He said the bal­lot­ing this year has been con­ducted much ear­lier as com­pared to the bal­lot­ing for the year 2010 in or­der to com­plete the cases in time.

"We will try our best to com­plete all the cases by April 2013 and if it hap­pens then we will have enough time to make re­cov­ery be­fore the end of cur­rent fis­cal year", Mustafa Ashraf added. The bal­lot­ing, he said has been con­ducted on FBR Board level and there is should be no ques­tion on its trans­parency. He said the salaried class and Prop­erty Tax Re­turn cases have been ex­cluded from the bal­lot­ing. Mustafa Ashraf in­formed the au­di­ence that FBR, through Univer­sal Self As­sess­ment Scheme, has re­posed full con­fi­dence in tax­pay­ers' community.

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