Revenue generation: FBR asks employees of telecom companies file returns

ISLAMABAD

As part of its initiative to rope in large public and private sector organisations and companies in its ongoing drive for filing of income tax returns, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has approached the country’s cellular sector to facilitate the workforce employed in this sector to become part of the tax system by filing their tax returns.

FBR’s effort to engage more than 50 leading corporations and companies of the country is being spearheaded by Member Facilitation and Taxpayers Education (FATE) Wing Nausheen Javaid, who along with her team, met with Mobilink’s management at the company’s head office, and briefed them about a keen desire within FBR to facilitate the employees of large companies to file their income tax returns.

Mobilink’s CEO Aamer Ibrahim, Vice President Corporate & Economic Affairs Ibrar Khan, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Officer Ali Naseer were also present.

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FATE Wing Chief Ms Tehmina Aamer accompanied the member FATE.

During the meeting, Nausheen Amjad said that in pursuance of the concept of corporate social responsibility, as well as building a friendly interface with the taxpayers, FBR was trying to reach out to large public and private sector organisations and companies.

“We are confident that together with companies such as Mobilink, we can boost the rate of filing as the filing of income tax returns is not only a legal obligation but also a national duty,” she said, adding FBR was willing to provide any facilitation and training to help the Mobilink’s employees e-file, and become part of the tax system.

Aamer Ibrahim lauded the FBR’s initiative and expressed his company’s full support for it. He said that as a thought leader and as one of the leading multinationals of the country, Mobilink was happy to work with FBR to boost the rate of taxation. “We would love to spearhead a positive ethos about the role of taxes in national development and how we can take the country forward,” he said.

He also welcomed FBR’s offer to help Mobilink’s employees e-file and instructed his team to work with FBR in the coming days to arrange facilitative sessions for the officers and staff of the company so that the company being one of the largest contributors to revenue generation efforts of FBR could also emerge as a leader with its workforce as filers and enjoying the benefits of filing in terms of reduced taxes on a range of business and bank transactions.

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Ghulam Abbas
The writer is a member of the staff at the Islamabad Bureau. He can be reached at [email protected]
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