ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to hire university students for carrying out research to give suggestions for bringing non-taxpayers into the tax pool.
Sources told The Express Tribune on Friday that Member Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Riffat Shaheen Qazi gave a detailed presentation about the FBR’s taxpayer outreach programme to the sub-committee of the Tax Reform Coordination Group.
She informed the committee that university students will conduct analysis and research based on available data to encourage voluntary compliance. FBR may also offer internships to select competent students from the country’s top business schools and utilise them in research work.
The FBR is also finalising a sales tax lucky draw scheme to encourage documentation of hotels and restaurants among others. The plan further revealed that tax officials will distribute tax facilitation material in business centres to educate taxpayers in filing of returns.
Call Centers established with Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited will also be strengthened while tax officials will distribute tax facilitation material in business centers to educate the taxpayers in filing of returns, according to the plan.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2011.
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@H.A. Khan: FBR officials do not need to go abroad for higher academic degrees. That is a waste of time and money even if it is financed from a grant.
FBR officials should attend short courses at the IMF/World Bank and elsewhere as well as seminars and other events which bring tax authorities together and where they can pick up valuable experience on how other countries (all doing better than us) manage their tax regimes.
This is an excellent idea which should have been implemented 25 years ago. Pay them well; any donor would like to support such an endeavor.
But protect them also to prevent harassment.
What happened to Millions of Rupees spent under TARP?. What happened to Million of Rupees spent on sending FBR officers on training to Foreign countries for Masters and some even for PhD. Use them; nation has invested money in them. Why are they not being transferred to FBR to serve at head office.