Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Minister of State on Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood Khan had called a special meeting of the IT depart of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL), and all relevant IT-related tax officials to finalize a national plan for using tools for bringing unregistered persons into the tax net.
High rated FBR officials stated in a statement that two very eminent IT related meetings were hosted on Thursday.
The conference of the Board of Directors of PRAL would be tracked by the IT-related meeting at the FBR Headquarters. Dr. Waqar Masood would review the progress made by the FBR for broadening the tax base. Sources informed of the matter commented that legal backing will be sought from the government for utilizing IT systems for the registration of potential persons with the FBR.
Dr. Waqar Masood Khan has given special focus on the IT tools for expanding the tax net. All IT-related officials would update the Minister on the progress being made to effectively use third party data for expanding the tax base. FBR Chairman Javed Ghani, FBR Member IT, and other Members would also report to the Minister on the techniques and means for fast registration of non-filers with the help of IT system and FBR’s database linked with the third party.
Recently, the FBR has decided to give legal cover to the notices being served to the citizens of Pakistan for seeking requisite documents or compliance with tax laws through the SMS service. The FBR will be able to obtain any documents from the filers or non-filers or issue notice or communicate with the taxpayers through SMS. The document served through the SMS will have full legal cover under the proposed amendment to the income tax law.
Source: Pro Pakistani