FBR chief says individuals with ‘benami’ assets can be sentenced up to 5 years

  • ‘300 major taxpayers, including corporations, pay 80pc of overall tax collection of the country’

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi said on Wednesday that individuals possessing ‘benami’ assets could be sentenced up to five years in prison.

In an interview to a private news channel, Zaidi said showing one’s assets, including his residential property, in someone else’s name was tantamount to holding ‘benami’ assets.

He revealed that 300 major taxpayers, including corporations, pay 80 per cent of overall tax collection of the country.

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The FBR chief said the salaried class has 5-6 per cent share in overall tax collection. He said the FBR has set a target of more than Rs5,000 billion for revenue collection during the next fiscal year.

Speaking in the same interview, Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwala said the recent Asset Declaration Scheme by the government was also an amnesty scheme, which would benefit the country.

“The undeclared economy would be declared under the same scheme,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that President Arif Alvi on Wednesday signed an ordinance confirming tax amnesty for declaring undeclared assets.

The scheme is applicable with regard to undisclosed sales, ‘benami’ assets or expenditures, excluding pending cases of properties or assets, and gems, gold and prize bonds held by a citizen.

Those declaring assets would also have to pay 1.5pc higher than the scheduled tax by the FBR on immovable property inside the country.

Similarly, citizens would have to pay 6pc higher than the scheduled tax on movable assets abroad.

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  1. Such a great man he is! First thing first, he should persuade all companies registered with SECP to file returns else expect notices not only from FBR but risk losing corporation sole status from SECP. And trial under CRPC for defrauding the State. We have great confidence in Shabbar Zaidi and hope things will turn out well. Another great news is appointment of Salman Shah today. Way to go!

  2. Now it’s time to to do work instead talks only. This amnesty scheme should be last relaxation to business community. Afterwards, penal action like in this news item, need to be initiated forcefully.

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