FPCCI invites FBR chairman for budget proposals discussions

KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has invited Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to discuss budget proposals.

A statement issued on Tuesday said that the President FPCCI Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai alongwith Abdul Waheed Sheikh, Ijaz Khan Abbasi, Qurban Ali and Shireen Arshad Khan, Vice Presidents of FPCCI visited the office of Shabbar Zaidi congratulating him on assuming the charge of Chairman FBR.

During the meeting the President FPCCI discussed various measures and proposals particularly for enhancement in number of tax payers and to increase their confidence level to achieve the set targets of revenues.

Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai further said that misuse of powers by the tax authorities is creating trust deficit and lack of confidence.

The FPCCI Chief hailed the prompt decisions taken by the FBR’s Chairman in facilitating and providing relief to the taxpayers such as “Suspension of raid on any premises of any existing taxpayer without prior approval of Member IR – Operation and Chairman FBR”.

Moreover, the FPCCI President also appreciated the Chairman FBR for not suspending any Active Taxpayer from Active Taxpayer List unless there is personal interaction with the assessee 24 hours before suspension and monitoring himself the list of all cases of suspension. The President of FPCCI also lauded Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman, FBR for not freezing bank account without prior intimation and notice to the bank account holder. The FBR Chief further said that the real estate is fast growing sector of the economy and FBR will devise various reforms. The tax amnesty scheme is also under process and will be announced soon, he stated.

The President FPCCI Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai invited the Chairman FBR to visit FPCCI Headquarter at Karachi and its Capital Office Islamabad to discuss FPCCI’s budget proposals and to share vision to revamp the tax system and machinery which is now the need of hour to be shifted in effective automated system to facilitate the taxpayers.

The Chairman FBR agreed to visit the FPCCI soon to get feedback and first-hand information from FPCCI members and apprised them of FBR’s stance / point of view.

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