FBR top hierarchy opposes plans to overhaul tax system

ISLAMABAD: The proposed formation of Pakistan Revenue Authority (PRA) has met with resistance from top quarters of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

Prime Minister Imran Khan has given until June 2020 to set up the PRA, with FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi envisioning a major overhaul in the country’s tax system by modernising the whole process to focus on data and automation. However, heads of 23 FBR field formations, along with their members and senior officers, have conveyed their reservations against the development.

If implemented, the plan proposes to minimise contact between taxpayers and taxmen. It would also abolish the coveted post of chief commissioner (grade-21) and empower the commissioner (grade-20).

The higher-ups in FBR have refused to give backing to the plan, terming it as a potential experiment with high chances of failure.

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