I was ignorant about tax procedure: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Published: June 6, 2011
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LAHORE: According to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), acclaimed performer and singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has not paid taxes for the past five years.

Rahat was called to the Lahore Regional Tax Office after his return from a foreign tour and informed by members of the FBR that he had not paid his taxes for the past five years despite the board’s repeated notifications.

Rahat pleaded ignorance of Pakistani tax laws and procedures and promised to file tax returns on time henceforth.

On this occasion, FBR member Khawar Khursheed Butt said that Rahat was a national icon and that the board believes the singer would fully cooperate with the tax department.

Earlier this year, Rahat was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by Revenue Intelligence sleuths for allegedly carrying $124,000 in undeclared cash, in violation of local currency laws. He was subsequently released after being charged by Indian authorities India with currency violations.

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  • Jun 6, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Lol! Ignorance is bliss, as they say….

    Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue(FBR) should thank Indian Officials for this, cuz had it not been for Rahat Fateh Ali Khan getting Caught @Delhi Airport, none of the Pakistan’s sleeping FBR officials would have come to know of it!Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Jun 6, 2011 - 3:55PM

    wow!! again singing a song…Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Jun 6, 2011 - 3:56PM

    National ICON my foot….he is earning money but not paying TAX and is a National ICON.. Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 6, 2011 - 4:14PM

    5 years without tax .. Mr. rahat fateh ali khan you are true patriotic. I salute you.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 6, 2011 - 4:30PM

    As they say, ignorance is bliss ;-)Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 6, 2011 - 5:03PM

    The very first rule of any Federal revenue/Income tax department is that “Ignorance is not an excuse”Recommend

  • Bilal khan
    Jun 6, 2011 - 5:35PM

    There is no tax culture in Pakistan, that’s why. Once the big guys start filing taxes the rest will followRecommend

  • Nida
    Jun 6, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Learn from Abrarulhaq and start an NGO in the name of charity. Then you can technically avoid taxes.Recommend

  • AD
    Jun 6, 2011 - 7:19PM

    what? A person not paying taxes from last five years is national icon?How many such icon Tax authorities need to make Pak a Iconic state?Recommend

  • Everlast
    Jun 6, 2011 - 7:19PM

    Ignorance khappay :PRecommend

  • sumeet
    Jun 6, 2011 - 10:37PM

    what?you are ignorant about tax system in pakistan also.what a pathetic excuse.you think people will believe you on your face value.being a celebrated artist does not give you privilage to cheat your country.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 7, 2011 - 1:20AM

    One wonders how much tax he pays in Pakistan. We have over 10 million ignorant and innocent like him in our country. This is what we are. He only knows what he does in his own country. There are many other artists both male and female who earn more than Rs.100,000/- per month. Who will tax them.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 7, 2011 - 2:18AM

    Sorry to murder an innocent person! My mistake, I did not know it is crime. It is sad how a damn thief is praised in Pakistan. Now this innocent kid knows about the terrible term tax, he must have paid back all the overdue taxes?

    In any law abiding country this criminal would be in jail till he pays all the taxes with fines. However, he is going to sing for free in a couple of private gatherings and everything would be forgotten. People complaint about corruption, but they actually promote it with this kind of attitude. Recommend

  • Jun 7, 2011 - 3:23AM

    Ignorance is never an excuseRecommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Jun 7, 2011 - 4:38AM

    Well pay back all taxes for the last five years multiply by seventeen as the law requires and you are vindicated. Piece-a-cake, isn’t it?
    I like your melodious voice and will love it if you do the above.Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 7, 2011 - 6:25AM

    These so called ignorant never know when they lose money…
    They offer it to robbery, theft or murder all but reluctant to pay tax.

    Mr. Rahat please remember the word ‘Ignorant’ even after you diedRecommend

  • vasan
    Jun 7, 2011 - 10:55AM

    Now all those pakistanis, who blamed everyone including charlie’s aunt esp RAW when this singer was detained in Delhi for Foreign exchange violation, should start blaming ISI for this stupidity, After all to these Pakistanis, all good and evil in all countries are the handiwork of the Spy agencies and Spy agencies only.Recommend

  • Danish
    Jun 7, 2011 - 2:16PM

    He enjoyed tax holidays innocently :)Recommend

  • bulbul
    Jun 7, 2011 - 4:36PM

    He would know about tax structure in Pakistan if he spends less time abroad ! =)Recommend

  • ram
    Jun 7, 2011 - 6:34PM

    It is surprising that Pak tax laws don’t have with holding tax provisions!!

    In India if payments have to be made to professionals, tax has to be deducted at source without which the relative expenditure for which payment is made will not qualify for tax deduction. Recommend

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