ISLAMABAD (Ahmed Mughal):. The Federal Board of Revenue has successfully added more 0.75m taxpayers and crossed 2.5 million tax returns in 2018.

The FBR has fixed 9th Aug 2019 as last date for submitting income tax returns for year 2018.

Today, Chairman FBR Sabbar Zaidi has issued a statement on Friday. He said that the 2.5 million taxpayers have submitted their income tax returns for tax year 2018 till today. The chairman further stated that the FBR has added more 0.75 million taxpayers during the year.

Sources told the Govt has agreed with World Bank to increased number of taxpayers to 3.5 million next three-year. The FBR has launched several measures to encourage and force persons having taxable income to file their returns.

The Board has extended last dates too many times on the demand of potential tax payers.

Chairman FBR also contacted with heads of the SECP and gas distributors and Discos to sought help for increasing taxpayers.

On Friday, Shabbar Zaidi also wrote a soft reminder letter to Managing Directors Sui Gas Companies. Wherein, he requested that consumers not present on Active Tax Payers List may not be provided commercial and industrial gas connections.

Shabbar stated that many users of commercial and industrial gas connection do not fall within ATL of the FBR. He has requested that the list of all persons using industrial and commercial gas connections be shared with FBR as soon as possible. He said the companies should issue intimation to the users of such connections to comply under the Income Tax law.

Chairman has suggested appointing a ‘focal person’ to coordinate with FBR for this purpose.