Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) Chairman Dr Raheal Ahmad Siddiqui on Wednesday formally launched Restaurant Invoice Monitoring System (Rims) at Bistro 201, a restaurant located on Upper Mall Road Lahore.
Rims is a web based monitoring tool which would enable real time capturing and monitoring of invoices issued by the restaurants to ensure proper declaration of Punjab sales tax on services collected.
This web based application has been prepared by the PRA in with collaboration with PITB.
While talking to media, Dr Siddiqui highlighted the salient features of the system and its benefits for revenue maximisation as well as facilitating the interaction between the tax department and a restaurant business.
He regarded it is as a milestone in the ongoing revenue automation initiatives taken by the Punjab Government. He also exhorted the media persons to give it a proper coverage for mass awareness.
The PRA chief also announced that Rims shall be gradually implemented across Punjab starting from major restaurants business clusters at MM Alam Road, Mehmood Ali Qasuri Road, Qazafi Stadium, and Fort Road Food Street.
He said the PRA is also starting an Inami scheme for restaurant customers to engender and reinforce the habit of seeking proper tax invoice by the customers.
“In the scheme, weekly or bi-monthly exciting prizes shall be distributed among customers who obtain proper tax invoice from the restaurant,” he said.
In the end, the media personal took keen interest in the actual operation of the system and appreciated the PRA’s initiatives.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2015.
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