KARACHI: The Sindh Excise and Taxation Department has decided to take action against vehicle tax defaulters. A province-wide campaign will be launched on December 23, during which vehicles will be checked on the roads for non-payment of taxes.
The decision was made during a meeting chaired by the Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation, Anti-Narcotics and Parliamentarian Affairs, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, on Wednesday. Department secretary Abdul Haleem Sheikh and director-general Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi also attended the meeting, along with other officials.
While briefing the meeting, Siddiqi stated that an awareness drive has also been launched regarding the benefits of paying taxes on time. “The vehicles of tax defaulters will be seized on the spot during the road checking and will only be returned after clearing the dues along with the penalties imposed for late payment,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Chawla advised the vehicle owners to transfer the vehicle on their names immediately after purchasing it as it is an offence to drive a car on an open letter.
He mentioned that there are 15 branches of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), where citizens can pay vehicle tax. According to Siddiqi, the NBP branches that are accepting tax payment include Awami Markaz branch, Clifton branch, SITE Area branch, Nazimabad branch, Shahbaz Building branch in Hyderabad, Millat Road branch, Korangi Industrial Area branch, M.A Jinnah Road branch, Denso Hall branch, Fatima Jinnah Road branch in Hyderabad, DHA branch, PIDC branch, II Chundrigar Road branch, Gulshan branch and High Court branch.
The details of these branches are also mentioned on the Excise and Taxation Department website.
Moreover, the citizens can contact the Karachi director on 99203671, Karachi administration deputy director on 9921410-021, Mirpurkhas director on 9290211-0233, Sukkur director on 9310202-071, , Hyderabad director on 9200148-022, Shaheed Benazirabad director on 9370178-0244 and Larkana director on 9410751-074.
Chawla reminded all the vehicle tax defaulters to pay their dues before December 23 in order to avoid any inconvenience.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2019.