The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has set its sights on non-filer senior bureaucrats and bankers as part of its ongoing campaign to boost tax compliance.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has launched a targeted initiative aimed at identifying and enforcing tax return filing obligations among high-ranking individuals, including senior bureaucrats, bankers, and leaders in government departments, financial institutions, public sector entities, regulatory bodies, and private organizations.
Building upon the success of measures taken to encourage tax return filing among tax officials nationwide, the FBR is expanding its efforts to ensure compliance within the upper echelons of these sectors.
Reliable sources have indicated that the FBR has pinpointed non-filers among senior government officials in various ministries, departments, and law enforcement agencies. Furthermore, senior executives within financial institutions who have neglected to file their income tax returns will now face enforcement actions.
The primary objective of the FBR’s initiative is to address non-compliance issues among high-ranking individuals holding pivotal positions in various government organizations. It is mandatory for senior government officials occupying top positions to file their income tax returns, and the FBR is currently conducting a thorough in-house exercise to ensure that compliance is upheld.
Previously, tax officers holding the rank of BS-17 and above were required to furnish a certificate of e-filing for their returns to the FBR by December 6, 2023. A significant number of tax officials have already complied with this requirement.
The FBR is now extending its focus to encompass senior government officials in various ministries, divisions, and departments who have yet to file their income tax returns, despite the deadline of October 31, 2023.
These actions by the FBR underscore its unwavering commitment to achieving comprehensive tax compliance throughout the government and financial sectors. They also emphasize the significance of timely income tax return filing as a critical aspect of fiscal responsibility.