Tax evaders are nation’s foes, they don’t deserve any concession: PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has that tax evaders are foes of the nation and the country, and they do not deserve any concession.

While presiding over a meeting regarding government’s steps to collect revenue in Islamabad on Tuesday, the prime minister directed to use modern means for tax collection to bring non tax payers to the tax net and to facilitate existing tax payers.

The prime minister said that focus should be made on tax evaders and non-filers instead of harassing regular tax payers.

Imran Khan said that tax evaders and non-tax payers should be exposed before the people. He said that indiscriminate action should be ensured against tax evaders and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) officials who facilitate theft of tax.

The meeting was informed that over 6,000 cases of high net worth individuals are under review from which a total income of over Rs 2 billion is expected of which Rs 1.3 billion have so far been received.

It was told that 66 cases of information and investigations are also being examined and over Rs 1.5 billion have also been collected in this matter.

The FBR apprised that mapping of 2,000 plazas have been completed while automatic system to collect tax has been installed at over 2,500 points of sale.

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It was said that a collection of Rs 24.818 billion is expected under new measures taken by the FBR and Rs 11. 882 billion have already been collected.