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FBR held an interactive workshop at Directorate General of Training (DOT), Lahore today to interact with the tax deducting authorities. The roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents were explained in depth. Awareness of e-services extended to them through FBR’s portal was elaborately explained.
Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Chief Commissioner RTO-1 Lahore hosted the workshop by welcoming the Chief Guest Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member Facilitation and Taxpayer Education, FBR. Ms. Humaira Maryam, Additional Commissioner RTO-II, Mr. Naveed Ahmad Nawab, Additional Director (Headquarters) DOT Lahore, were also present at the occasion.
Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi in her opening remarks encouraged the participants to freely and openly discuss their problems regarding the withholding tax and give their input for improvement of the withholding tax regime. She emphasized that the FATE Wing of FBR is committed to create awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding their responsibilities as withholding agents.
Deputy Commissioner IR RTO, Lahore Syed Ali Adnan Zaidi gave a comprehensive presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Withholding Agents in the system of tax collection and highlighted and discussed the laws and provisions concerning WHT agents.
A detailed e-portal / website awareness presentation was given by Mr. Abdul Sammi, Webmaster, FATE Wing, FBR elaborating to the audience all the facilities and information provided on FBR’s web portal http://www.fbr.gov.pk so they can take full benefit of the system and FBR’s e-portal.
The presentations were followed by Questions and Answers session where the participants highlighted their issues faced in sales tax and income tax at the time of withholding taxes were addressed by Chief Commissioner RTO Lahore, Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Member (FATE) FBR and other relevant officers of RTO Lahore.
The participants of the workshop appreciated the holding the workshops and thanked FBR for providing them with this opportunity of direct interaction with the tax authorities. They hoped that these workshops would be made a regular feature of FBR’s outreach program.
Chief Commissioner RTO Lahore Mr. Shafqat Mahmood appreciated the initiative of FATE Wing of FBR and said that these workshops should be turned into a regular feature as they provide an opportunity of first hand interaction with the taxpayers and other stakeholders. He thanked the participants for their active participation in the session.
The workshop was attended by a large number of withholding agents from different business organizations under the jurisdiction of RTO Lahore.
This workshop at DOT Lahore was held as part of a series of workshops being held all over the country by FBR’s FATE Wing to communicate with the taxpayers and to educate them about the various initiatives undertaken by FBR. The workshops also provide an opportunity of interaction with the taxpayers so as to facilitate them as well as to get feedback from them to further improve the FBR-taxpayer relationship.