Federal cabinet approves publishing of parliamentarians’ tax directory

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has granted its approval and authorization to the revenue division for publishing tax directory for the tax year (TY) 2018 of all members of the parliament.

According to sources, the federal cabinet has approved and authorized the publication of a tax directory for TY 2018 of all the parliamentarians, and the FBR will make them public.

The sources added that the approval of the cabinet’s members in this regard was obtained through circulation of a summary. They said that the cabinet has also approved to issue a directory of other tax filers of the country. 

They further said that after a delay of two years, a tax directory for TY 2018 of all the parliamentarians is finally going to be published. Besides issuing facts and figures of direct tax collection, first-time tax collection of different sectors, categories, and regions will be published by the FBR, said sources.

“The decision to publish tax directory has been taken apparently to create a sense of public awareness, motivation and transparency, “said sources.

Sharing details of income tax paid by different provinces in TY 2018, the sources informed that Punjab had paid Rs269 billion, Balochistan Rs13 billion, Sindh Rs349 billion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rs29 billion, and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) paid income tax worth Rs 115billion. 

They said that FBR had collected Rs76 billion worth income tax from Association of Persons (AoPs), Rs497 billion from companies, while Rs129 billion from salaried individuals and Rs185 billion from non-salaried individuals in the TY 2018.

They also informed that 1,356,813 individuals of Punjab region filed tax, while 632,583 individuals from Sindh region, 35,045 individuals from Balochistan region, 133,745 individuals from Kyber Pakhtunkhwa region and 114,987 individuals belonging from ICT paid tax in TY 2018.

According to documents, sub-section (6) of section 216 of Income Tax Ordinance 2001 authorizes the federal government to publish particulars and the amount of tax paid by the parliamentarians and revenue division sought approval of the federal cabinet for publishing the tax directory of parliamentarians.

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Ahmad Ahmadani
Ahmad Ahmadani
The author is a an investigative journalist at Profit. He can be reached at [email protected].
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