Islamabad: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has gathered information about 7.2 million citizens and shared it with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for verification, according to news published on December 26. The board has procured the details from different sources including excise and taxation, utility organisations, and banks.
As per the details, the FBR has finalised a strategy to broaden the tax base that will be implemented in January 2022. The documentation drive under this strategy will start in January with a mass media campaign to ask people to come under the tax net. At the same time, NADRA has set aside data of 15 million people from its own database to compare it with specific indicators via artificial intelligence to identify non-filers.
Sources have revealed that the final list of potential taxpayers will be shared by the end of the month. The list consists of names of individuals who were not included in the FBR tax roll. The final list will be uploaded on the FBR website so the general public can also view it. FBR app will also be updated to allow citizens to check their details.
Additionally, a dedicated time period will be offered to people to file their returns on a voluntary basis, after which legal action will be taken. FBR Chairman Ashfaq Ahmed mentioned that a new concept was being established for tax collection from potential taxpayers. He informed that the income tax commissioners were working to bring the untaxed sectors into the tax base.