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Current figures of tax filings for tax year 2021

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has currently received just one million income tax returns with only five days left in the returns’ deadline, underscoring that the tax broadening campaign is not yielding results.

As compared to around 3.1 million income tax returns filed for the last tax year, so far the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has received around one million returns, according to sources in the FBR. FBR Chairman Dr Mohammad Ashfaq Ahmad has shown resolve that he would not give an extension in the deadline -which is September 30.

Unlike last fiscal year when the FBR had not timely uploaded the return forms and had to give extension till December 8 to give 90 mandatory days to taxpayers, this time the FBR efficiently uploaded the return. The legal requirement of giving taxpayers three months for filing the return has been duly met, the sources said.

The government has taken numerous measures to convince and compel the people to file their returns but so far all its efforts have failed to provide results. It seems the carrot and stick policy is not working either.

The government had also claimed that it had identified 7.2 million people on the basis of their withholding tax payments. But hardly 350,000 of them could be brought in the tax net.

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