Strict ac­tion against non-fil­ers de­manded

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Pak­istan Econ­omy Watch (PEW) on Sun­day asked the govern­ment to stop ex­tend­ing dead­lines for the tax amnesty scheme as it has failed to achieve the de­sired re­sults due to op­po­si­tion by trades.

It asked the govern­ment to take strict ac­tion against non-fil­ers who are not ready to dis­charge na­tional obli­ga­tion by pay­ing their share.

Fall­ing ex­ports and re­mit­tances are not suf­fi­cient to run the coun­try there­fore tax cul­ture must be in­tro­duced oth­er­wise govern­ment will have no op­tion but to get loans to run the affairs, said Dr. Mur­taza Mughal, Pres­i­dent PEW.

He said that ex­ports con­tinue to fall; like all other sec­tors the ser­vices sec­tor has also shown dis­mal per­for­mance through ex­ports re­duced by 5.96 per­cent in the first seven months of the cur­rent fis­cal.

He said that fall in ser­vices ex­ports is due to dou­ble tax­a­tion, in­com­pe­tent and un­e­d­u­cated ex­port man­agers and lack of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween fed­eral and pro­vin­cial rev­enue au­thor­i­ties. Dr. Mur­taza Mughal said that like ex­ports, the re­mit­tances sec­tor in plagued with in­com­pe­tent of­fi­cials who con­tinue to dam­age coun­try.

He said that govern­ment spend hefty amount on ad­ver­tis­ing about tax amnesty scheme but it failed to lure 3000 non-fil­ers which is dis­ap­point­ing.

The fail­ure of such schemes can be at­trib­uted to lack of trust be­tween tax­pay­ers and au­thor­i­ties, cor­rup­tion in FBR, glitches in soft­ware and un­holy in­ten­tion to en­joy free ride with has in­creased poverty.

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