ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to run the scanner through 93,277 taxpayers, including more than 115 well-known politicians, and audit their income for the tax year 2015.
Anong the taxpayers picked through a draw carried out on the basis of FBR parameters last month are PTI chief Imran Khan, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Law Minister Zahid Hamid and the MQM’s Dr Farooq Sattar – have been picked up for audit.
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Details gathered through the politicians’ National Tax Numbers (NTN) available in the FBR’s tax directories show that these 115 politicians have been served notices by the FBR.
According to sources, there is a big discrepancy between Imran Khan’s declared income and assets and the amount of money paid in taxes. It is because of this discrepancy that his name has been included among the list of people to be audited, a source said.
Details published in the tax directories of the last two years show that Imran paid a total tax of Rs194,936 in 2013 and Rs21,8237 in 2014. However, he paid only Rs76,244 as tax in 2015 which is less by Rs141,993 as compared to the last year. (TRANSLATION BY ARSHAD SHAHEEN)
Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2017.