Prime Minister Imran paid more income taxes than Shehbaz, Bilawal, Gilani
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan paid more income taxes than opposition leaders Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Zardari and others.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Monday released its 2019 fiscal yearbook for parliamentarians, which revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan had paid 9.8 million rupees, while opposition leaders Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid 7.1 million rupees and 535 rupees, 000, respectively, in taxes. Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani paid no taxes in 2019.
According to the document, “the data only included income and taxes reported in returns filed with the RBF and did not include farm income tax paid to provinces, sales tax, federal excise duties, etc.
The document said the directory was compiled from tax returns filed manually and electronically through January 3.
According to the data, National Assembly opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif paid 8.2 million rupees while PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari paid 0.53 million rupees. In addition, Karachi PTI MP Muhammad Najeeb Haroon paid 140 million rupees.
PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari paid 2.2 million rupees. Senior banker and incumbent finance minister, Shaukat Tarin paid 26.6 million rupees while former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi paid 4.9 million rupees.
The tax of the Sindh chief minister, Murad Ali Shah, was 1.1 million rupees. In contrast, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, paid 2,000 rupees.
The current Chief Minister of Balochistan, Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, 1.1 million rupees and his predecessor Jam Kamal Khan paid 11.8 million rupees. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan paid 66,258 rupees.
Among the members of the federal cabinet, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid 0.9 million rupees while Planning and Development Minister Asad Umer paid 4.3 million rupees. Energy Minister Hammad Azhar paid Rs 29,025 individually while his tax on associations of persons (AOP) stood at Rs 18.1 million.
Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement Senator Faisal Subzwari, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas and Punjab Prison Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan were among several lawmakers who paid Rs 2,000.
Opposition Senate Leader Yousuf Raza Gillani and PML-N’s Azma Zahid Bokhari paid nothing in taxes.
In the foreword, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said the RBF has been publishing the directory for six years.
However, this time special efforts were made to make the directory more informative “which will not only help educate taxpayers, but also encourage compliance with tax laws as a national duty,” he said. .
He went on to add that “the directory embodies the government’s policy of better governance, accountability and transparency through public access to information”
Addressing a ceremony held to launch the tax directory, Tarin said it was important for parliamentarians to make their tax returns public as this would ensure transparency and set an example for others.
âThe government is unable to help the common man because we cannot pay our current expenses from these revenues. So for development spending, we have to take out loans, âhe said.
He then stressed the importance of paying taxes, adding that it was imperative that everyone in the country pay taxes and that there should not be a âholy cowâ.
Tarin also called for simplifying the tax system. âWe take withholding taxes because we can’t collect them through other means. We should have two kinds of taxes: income tax and consumption tax. There shouldn’t be any other taxes apart from that.
The minister said the country should move towards “progressive taxation”.
He said the government was focusing on increasing the tax net, adding that there were three million taxpayers in the country. He said the RBF will now send notices to those who don’t pay taxes based on information from their ID cards, bank accounts and utility bills.
“It will not be harassment, but we will present them the facts and figures,” he said, adding that it would be done in an “informed, organized and objective” manner.
The minister also said that Pakistan’s tax system had many “distortions”. “Some are taken at the federal level, some at the provincial level [but] we are not talking to each other, âhe said, adding that the authorities are now moving towardsâ tax harmonization â.