ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) – Pakistan’s apex revenue collecting agency – has collected over Rs2.31 trillion during the first five months (July – November) of the fiscal year 2021/2022.
According to provisional statistics released by the FBR on Tuesday, the net revenue collection is at Rs2.314 trillion during the first five months, which is Rs298 billion higher than the target of Rs2.016 trillion for the period.
This represents a growth of about 36.5 per cent over the collection of Rs. 1.695 trillion during the same period last year.
While chasing the target of Rs 408 billion fixed for the month of November 2021, the net collection for the month realized Rs. 470 billion, which is Rs 62 billion in excess of the assigned monthly target, representing an increase of 35.2 per cent over Rs 348 billion collected in November 2020.
These figures would further improve before the close of the day and after book adjustments have been taken into account, the FBR said.
On the other hand, the gross collections increased from Rs. 1,783 billion during July-November, 2020 to Rs. 2,437 billion in current Financial Year, showing an increase of 36.7 per cent.
The amount of refunds disbursed was Rs 123 billion during July- November 2021 compared to Rs. 88 billion paid last year, showing an increase of 40.5 per cent.
It is pertinent to mention that after collecting over Rs. 4.7 trillion and exceeding its assigned revenue targets set for tax year 2020-21, FBR has successfully maintained the momentum set in July, 2021.
Its tax collection posted historic high growth in the first quarter of the current fiscal year. During the first four months (July-October), FBR has far surpassed its revenue target by Rs 233 billion.
This spectacular performance in the first five months of the current financial year clearly shows that FBR is well on its way to achieving the assigned target of Rs. 5.829 trillion for the year despite the daunting challenges, compelling constraints posed by the corona pandemic, and sporadic tax cuts announced by the government as relief and price stabilization measures.