FBR revenue collection growth flat at Rs593bn in first two months of FY21

ISLAMABAD: The growth in revenue collection by Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was remained flat at Rs593 billion during July – August of current fiscal year FY21 as compared with Rs582 billion in the corresponding month of the last fiscal year.

However, the FBR on Monday said that it had surpassed the revenue collection target of Rs551 billion by Rs42 billion during the months under review.

The FBR said that to redress the hardships of the business community caused by Covid-19, refunds to the tune of Rs30.6 billion have been disbursed collectively in the first two months of current fiscal year, as compared to refunds of Rs11 billion during first two months of the last fiscal year.

Sales Tax refunds are being issued under centralized and automated system called FASTER which is clearing refunds to exporters within 72 hours for the first time as committed by the government.

FBR is also engaging with trade and industry to mitigate their genuine grievances. FBR is proactively reaching out to Trade and Industry and resolving their issues.

FBR has also launched an unprecedented crackdown on corruption dismissing and suspending 76 officers and officials since July 2020.

In post COVID-19 pandemic scenario, the economic activities are now being revived through multiple economic stimuli and reliefs granted in the budget FY-2020-21.

Hectic efforts were put up by Customs field formations in respect of collection of duty and taxes which was otherwise a daunting task owing to post COVID-19 pandemic economic constraints, Muharram’s holidays and heavy rain fall in Karachi which is the epicenter of country’s revenue collection.

This heavy rainfall badly affected the customs clearance of imported cargo during the last week of this month and resultantly the revenue collection.

According to the official figure, total customs duty collected during first two months of current FY-2020 is Rs. 92 billion. Sales tax collection at import stage is on lower side as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year owing again to heavy rain fall in Karachi.

Furthermore, exemption granted in respect of Additional Customs Duty (ACD) on more than 1600 tariff lines in budget FY 2020-21, also subsequently resulted into decrease in sales taxable value.

In line with the vision and directives of the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan to curb the menace of smuggling, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) vigorously launched a countrywide counter-smuggling drive.

The FBR accordingly directed its field formations to make all out efforts to intensify anti-smuggling activities.

In pursuance of the aforesaid directions, Pakistan Customs has initiated massive anti-smuggling operations throughout the country and across all terrains that have led to significant seizures of smuggled goods.

During the month of August 2020 alone, Customs seized smuggled goods worth Rs. 3.95 Billion as compared to Rs 2.1 Billion in August 2019, thus showing an increase of 87.3%. These seized goods included fabrics, cigarettes, foreign currency, POL products, auto parts, foodstuff, narcotics and other miscellaneous goods.

Moreover, mega seizures of luxury vehicles, gold, and betel nuts were also effected during the same period. The Customs formations at Quetta, Peshawar and Multan have seized smuggled goods worth Rs. 1.6 Billion, while most of the remaining goods were at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad from raids on godowns wherein smuggled goods were stored.

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