FBR Unblocks Mobile SIMs of Over 7,000 Persons after Filing of Tax Returns

May 31, 2024Zayn0

Restoring the blocked mobile SIMs of over 7,000 people who have filed tax returns is a major step towards boosting tax compliance on the part of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in Pakistan. This action is a component of the FBR’s larger initiatives to increase the nation’s tax base and motivate people to pay their taxes.

Restoring Blocked SIMs

As of May 28, 2024, 7,167 people who had filed tax returns have had their cell SIMs restored, according to the FBR. Telecom firms have previously blocked these SIMs on FBR’s orders.

General Order on Income Tax (ITGO) for Non-Filers

The FBR issued an Income Tax General Order (ITGO) at the end of last month, instructing roughly 0.5 million people who are not listed as active taxpayers but who are nonetheless required to file an income tax return for tax year 2023, to have their SIM cards disabled. 506,671 people whose names were not on the current taxpayer list were listed on the list.

According to the ITGO, these people’s mobile SIM cards would stay prohibited until the FBR or the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, whichever office has jurisdiction over them, restored them.

Collaboration with Telecom Companies

After several rounds of negotiations with the FBR, the telecom firms and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) finally decided to block the SIMs of non-filers in tiny batches. At first, the PTA was reluctant to move forward with blocking SIMs. The FBR claims that they have already given telecom providers access to the data of 65,000 non-filers.

Effect and Outlook

The FBR’s actions are a part of their initiatives to increase tax compliance nationwide and widen the revenue base. While the return of SIMs to taxpayers who have already filed their forms is a good thing, it will be interesting to watch how the FBR’s efforts to increase the number of people filing returns play out in the months ahead.

In Summary

One important step in the FBR’s efforts to increase tax compliance and broaden the tax base in Pakistan is the decision to first restrict the mobile SIMs of non-filers and then restore the SIMs of those who have submitted their tax returns. It will be critical to track the results and efficacy of these initiatives in the upcoming months as the FBR keeps up its efforts to include more people in the tax system.

Zayn

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