FBR Chairman assures stoppage of raids at business centers

RCCI President Saboor Malik presenting bouquet to Dr. Noman Butt, nominee for FPCCI presidential candidate 2020.
RCCI President Saboor Malik presenting bouquet to Dr. Noman Butt, nominee for FPCCI presidential candidate 2020.

Rawalpindi: (Business Reporter)Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Shabbar Zaidi has assured business community that no raids would be conducted on registered Tax payers for income tax or sales tax purposes. It was also assured by the Chairman that he will ask the new DG I&l to refrain from raids.

He was talking to the delegation of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) at FBR house. The delegation led by President Saboor Malik and group leader Sohail Altaf, former presidents Jalil Ahmed Malik, Asad Mashadi , Raja Amer Iqbal, Shahid Saleem, Senior Vice President Nosherwan Khalil Khan and Vice President Hamza Saroosh were present on the occasion. Member Tax Policy Hamid Attiq was also present.

FBR Chairman also sought help and cooperation in addressing menace of smuggling. 

 RCCI President Saboor Malik shared and apprised FBR Chairman about the concerns of the business community. 

The national economy is passing through difficult times and we required better partnership with the FBR in joint efforts towards revival of the economy, he added. He said that such raids and closure of business centers propagate negative message in the market. It also hurt the honor, respect and goodwill of the business center and market as well. RCCI President said that actions and raids at business center must be stopped on the account of smuggled goods. Other issues confronting the business community were also come under discussion, he added. It was also suggested to dilute the image of FBR to be harsh with business community and relax the imposition of penalties.

Chairman agreed to give powers of penalties to higher authority not below Member FBR, who would evaluate the authenticity and then give permission if required. Turnover tax will be reduced to small traders and businessmen in case to case basis and its threshold will be increased. Hajj Companies payment to Saudi Arabia under section 152 will be evaluated and exempted from withholding tax. Threshold for withholding agents registered with Sales tax will be enhanced.  Importers registration and WEBOC registration will be made easy.