COVID-19 claims four more taxmen as IR offices open on Saturdays

KARACHI: Four more officials of Inland Revenue have died of COVID-19 as field offices of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) were remained opened on Saturday.

The offices of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) were remained opened on Saturday as four more officials of Inland Revenue died of coronavirus, sources said.

The officers were posted at Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) – II Karachi and Corporate Regional Tax Office (CRTO). These officers were included Masood Anwar, Riffat Kamal, Mirza Shahab Baig and Khawaja Muhammad.

Earlier, three officials of RTO Quetta and RTO Faisalabad reportedly had also died of the infection.

The sources said that score of cases had been tested positive in various RTOs and LTUs across the country in recent days.

Latest statistics updated on Saturday reported that the cases of COVID-19 increased to 93,983 out of which 1,935 deaths were reported.

The sources said that during 10 -15 days the cases had been reported at more faster pace in the FBR.

However, despite the fact the FBR had decided to open the IR offices on Saturdays.

A notification issued by the FBR a day earlier stated that the IR offices would observe normal working day on Saturdays from June 06 to June 30, 2020.

The decision to open the offices was taken to achieve Rs415.5 billion during June 2020 in order the meet the revenue collection target of around Rs3,933 billion for the current fiscal year.

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