Unsatisfactory performance of FBR upsets PAC

FBR directed to submit a report about the pending paras within one month.

August 24, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The sub-committee of the Public Account Committee (PAC) on Tuesday expressed its displeasure over unsatisfactory performance of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and directed its chairman to submit a report about the pending paras within one month after holding Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) meetings.

Yasmeen Rehman, convener of the committee, expressed her concerns by saying that time and again the PAC had directed FBR to hold its meaningful DAC meetings for settling of 399 pending audit paras but FBR officials were not taking its directives seriously.

The committee, which met in the National Assembly Secretariat, discussed appropriation of accounts of the FBR for the year 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2007-08. FBR Chairman Salman Siddique informed the committee that recovery of Rs154 billion taxes from the public and private sectors’ cases are pending in the Supreme Court and High Courts.

The committee directed Siddique to provide a list of pending cases within one month so that PAC could ask the attorney general of Pakistan to help in the prompt disposal of these cases.

Discussing another pending para of recovery, MNA Noor Alam asked Siddique to submit a report of pending tax recoveries against the multinational companies, national institutions and people besides their payable tax receipts.

Member legal department of the FBR told the committee that the department could not provide the list of the persons due to legal and security reasons. However, PAC directed the FBR to provide the list of those companies that are not paying taxes.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th,  2011.

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