Pakistan Asked to Name Tax Evaders
January 4, 2013 Taxation in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – The tax authorities of Pakistan could soon publish the names of the country’s biggest tax evaders, following the aftermath of a public report on politicians who dodge their taxes.
In a tense meeting held on January 2nd the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) of Pakistan was grilled by the national Public Accounts Committee (PAC) regarding the Board’s handling of a recently released public report which named politicians in the country who are actively avoiding their tax obligations and those who have not even been registered to pay tax.
The PAC claimed that the report was based on private data which could only have been obtained through an information leak in the FBR.
The Committee demanded that the FBR should now publicise the names and personal information of other prominent tax evaders in Pakistan, so that “…they can also face embarrassment like the parliamentarians”.
A list of the tax evaders is to be produced by the January 10th and the names on the list should be revealed to the public immediately upon its completion.
While addressing the PAC’s concerns, the chairman of the FBR Ali Arshad Hakeem said that the information leak should not be viewed negatively, but should be regarded as an opportunity for the country to improve its tax systems.
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