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FBR, KPRA to create joint taxpayer database

FBR, KPRA to create joint taxpayer database

ISLAMABAD: In order to collect taxes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) along with the KP Revenue Authority has decided to create a joint database of taxpayers in the province.

According to Chief Commissioner Income Tax Peshawar, Khurshid Marwat, FBR is taking steps such as working jointly with the provincial governments to increase the tax base.

He said that the FBR and KPRA-style agencies working in all provinces and are developing a joint database that will provide each other with a list of each other’s taxpayers.

Marwat assured that this measure will increase tax collection in the province. He added that at present, the FBR Peshawar is collecting more tax than its target due to which taxpayers are also being refunded.

Rejecting the reports of setting up of tax collection office in Malakand, Marwat said that a help desk has been set up to provide certain facilities to factories in Malakand. He assured that no tax of any kind can be collected from Malakand till June 2023 as the area has been declared tax free zone by the federal government.

Marwat further said that there has been big improvement in tax collection system during the last two decades. He said that people regularly pay their taxes now due to which annual collections have increased.

Furthermore, he said that the number of taxpayers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has exceeded 400,000 of which active citizens are close to 100,000. “The number of taxpayers has increased three times during the last one year.