Fashion design outlets sealed for non-payment of taxes

PRA spokesman says Zara Shahjahan, Mini Bindra and Sania Maskatiya outlets among those sealed

Our Correspondent September 03, 2015

LAHORE: The Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) sealed several fashion outlets in Gulberg and Defence Housing Authority areas of Lahore on Thursday for non-compliance.

A PRA team, headed by Additional Commissioner Ayesha Ranjha sealed 13 fashion design outlets in the city for non-payment of taxes.

A PRA team, headed by Additional Commissioner Ayesha Ranjha, sealed the Zara Shahjahan, Mini Bindra, Sania Maskatiya, Nida Azwer, Ayesha Imram, Shirin Hassan and Ammar Belal outlets as well as six others, a PRA spokesperson said.

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The spokesperson added that the PRA had been in contact with the fashion designers for over a year regarding tax collection on their services.

The sealed outlets owe Rs80 million tax to the authority, he said.

Last month, the PRA in its on-going drive for General Sales Tax (GST) collection on services sealed a number of fitness centres for non-payment of the tax.

According to a press release, PRA officials sealed Oxygen Gym and Convert Fitness in Z Block DHA, Vigour Gym, Genesis, Azhar Fitness Centre and Synergy Health Fitness in Jauhar Town. The PRA officials also met resistance when they went to seal Convert Fitness and Azhar Fitness Centre, the press release said.

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Further, following the imposition of Section 59 by commissioner PRA, officials conducted complete monitoring of two eateries in the Gulberg area. A team of PRA has been stationed at Faridi Café to monitor sales and to compare findings with GST payments.

PRA believes that the steps will lead to a reduction in tax evasion.

Correction: An earlier version of the article erroneously stated Khadijah Shah's an BBQ Tonight stores was among those sealed. The error is regretted. EDITOR.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2015.

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Brar | 5 years ago | Reply @Lolz: I watched a tv programme where Mr. Malik was being interviewed by Salim Safi, Mr Safi asked him a direct question did you pay rishwat to Govt officials and his reply was yes I do because if you want to do business you will have to do it and it is truth for our countries.our policians and beurocates all are corrupt.
Karim | 5 years ago | Reply Breaking the law is unacceptable, and for that these business owners should get fined and punished. But at the same time, every country has tax laws to encourage small upcoming businesses. For example the US has the Section 1202 capital gains exemptions for qualified small businesses (less than $50 million in assets). The UK has similar rules. I think after paying appropriate fines, these entrepreneurs should get similar sort of tax relief from the FBR. The economics are simple - virtually all job growth comes from small businesses. They are plain and simple the the future of Pakistan
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