Simple return form to be introduced; to be filed through mobile phones: Hammad Azhar

KARACHI: In order to facilitate taxpayers the government will introduce a simple return form that can be filed through mobile phones in just few minutes.
While talking to a local TV, State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar disclosed that the government is going to simplify the income tax return form and it will be launched this year.
The return form may be available for filing for tax year 2019.
Azhar said that this simple return form will be available for individuals. To facilitate the taxpayers many entries will be pre-populated / filled.
He further disclosed that the form will be available in both Urdu and English languages so a common man will also understand his responsibility.
In order to enforce such form the tax laws will also simplified, he said and added that in the next federal budget the government will unveil several proposals.
He said that the government had launched reforms in administration of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
There will be a mechanism for monitoring and enforcement. Further Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been prepared for conducting audit, he added.
There is focus on reducing interface between taxpayers and tax officials.
Further to facilitate the taxpayers the existing helpline will be expands by 10 times.
Besides, an informative new website will be launched next week. All information related to taxes will be available, he said.
Hammad Azhar said that in order to plug revenue leakages, the government has planned integration of all taxes.
“In the first stage a single window for FBR taxes will be launched,” he said, adding that in the next stage the federal and provincial taxes will be provide a single window as well.
He said that such systems needed some legislation and the federal government with the help of provincial government will manage to introduce such system.
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