Thursday Feb 20, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to publish the Tax Directory for lawmakers and all the other individuals for the tax year 2018 in the coming few weeks, The News reported Thursday.
It would be sixth consecutive directory from Pakistani tax authorities as the FBR started launching Tax Directory from tax year 2013.
“Yes, the preparations are underway for releasing Tax Directory for Parliamentarians for Tax Year 2018. All parliamentarians belonging to the National Assembly, the Senate, and the four provincial assemblies, have been requested to file their income tax returns so that their names can be included into the Tax Directory,” top official sources told The News.
The Revenue Division, the publication said, would move the summary to get permission from the federal cabinet to publish the directory, and after getting the approval, the Tax Directory for tax year 2018 will be launched.
Sources said that the Revenue Division had not yet moved the summary, so it is not expected to come before the cabinet as part of the agenda for today’s scheduled meeting.
The FBR sources said that the internal deadline had not yet approached in this regard, so the work was underway with the understanding that the Tax Directory for parliamentarians, as well as individuals, and association of persons and companies, would be launched simultaneously by end of the ongoing month or early March 2020.
The practice of launching Tax Directory for parliamentarians had been kick-started by the PML-N-led regime under former finance minister Ishaq Dar. The decision was made after the investigative reporter for The News, Umar Cheema, had reported on the tax returns and possessed assets shown by parliamentarians in their returns submitted before the Election Commission of Pakistan for contesting general elections in 2013.
The PML-N government had then taken decision to launch the Tax Directory for parliamentarians, and it got published without any interruption for five years.