FBR announces reward money for whistleblowers in benami properties

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Monday announced reward for whistleblowers for helping tax authorities in detection and confiscation of benami properties.

The FBR issued SRO 326(I)/2019 to notify rules calling Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Rules, 2019 in order to implement the benami law, which was passed in February 2017.

The FBR said that for the purpose of reward, the provisions of the Inland Revenue Reward Rules, 2016 except as specified in these rules shall mutatis mutandis apply.

Following are the rewards for the whistleblowers:

01. Benami property value Rs2,000,000 or les. The amount of reward shall be five percent of the price of benami property.
02. Benami property value more than Rs2,000,000 but not more than Rs5,000,000. The amount of reward shall be Rs100,000 plus four percent of the price of benami property in excess of Rs2,000,000.
03. Benami property value over Rs5,000,000. The amount of award shall be Rs220,000 plus three percent of the price of benami property in excess of Rs5,000,000.

Under the rules the FBR has been empowered to provisionally attach benami property or confiscate it.

The benami law was passed by the national assembly two years back with aim to bring those persons into tax net, who had concealed their undisclosed assets in the name of others.

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