Huge discrepancies: Cricketers told to pay tax dues

Published: July 16, 2011
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Income tax dept also decides to move against several team members who are allegedly involved in evading taxes. PHOTO: FILE

Income tax dept also decides to move against several team members who are allegedly involved in evading taxes. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The captain of Pakistan cricket team, Misbahul Haq, and other team members have been told by the income tax department to pay their dues. The department has also decided to move against several team members, who are allegedly involved in evading taxes worth tens of millions of rupees.

According to senior officials of the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR), all income tax returns filed by the cricket team were audited and it was found that most of the cricketers “had huge discrepancies between their actual incomes and figures given on tax documents.”

Interestingly, the Pakistan Cricket Board had formally filed an appeal with the FBR, seeking an income tax exemption whenever the amended second schedule of the Income Tax Ordinance of 2001 became applicable.

PCB chief Ijaz Butt is reported to have first approached the prime minister during a reception for the country’s women cricket team.

Now it has been learnt the PCB had asked the FBR to “restore the exemption” granted to cricketers.

The income tax exemption for the PCB had been withdrawn a few years ago alongwith several other exemptions.

Misunderstanding

Meanwhile, sources close to captain Misbahul Haq downplayed the entire issue.

“It is not an issue,” a source close to the player told The Express Tribune.

“There was an misunderstanding because of which Misbah was issued the notice.”

The source explained: “The department issued notice by considering him (the player) in the wrong category.”

He, however, added that the player was consulting his lawyer on how to respond to the notice.

“Misbah will (file a) reply through his lawyers and the matter would be resolved soon.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Scholar
    Jul 16, 2011 - 1:31PM

    If a poor class 4 servant, can pay taxes, Why not cricketers. Misbah should immediately pay taxes rather than consulting lawyers.

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  • Jul 16, 2011 - 2:02PM

    misbah is great yaar!he is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • NK
    Jul 16, 2011 - 2:38PM

    seriously!!! which category Misbah belongs to???

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  • Fortune Cookie
    Jul 16, 2011 - 2:49PM

    WOW!!!!! Some are more equal than others?????

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  • Sabih Shad
    Jul 16, 2011 - 2:58PM

    There is no rationale for there to be any kind of exemption. For PCB, as well as the players…

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  • H.A. Khan
    Jul 16, 2011 - 4:48PM

    Finally,I mean Finally FBR has woken up.

    along with cricketers,issue notices to painers who sell their paintings for Rs 1-5 lacs each

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jul 16, 2011 - 6:07PM

    All those who earn taxable income should pay income tax..No question about that and there should be no exemption for anyone..But in this news problem is different. Its a matter between tax department and some individuals who have discrepancies in their tax returns. The tax department can charge these individuals and penalize them according to law. If these individuals are found guilty by court of law, then their names should be published in newspapers. Before that its a private matter between two parties and privacy of individuals should be respected. Why tax department did not sort out this matter privately first? Why they seem to malign some individuals before they are found guilty? If there was any law in this country, these individuals could have sued tax department worth more than what they owe.

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