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Secretary General, Revenue Division/Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue, Mr. M. Abdullah Yusuf has directed the Member (IMS)/CEO PRAL to coordinate with technical wings of the Board to clearly identify problems being faced by the taxpayers in e-filing of returns, Tax Management System and computerised system of payment of taxes and all possible efforts be made in collaboration with NBP to resolve them at the earliest.
 He was addressing the members of the Board-in-Council which met here yesterday. FBR Chairman presided over the meeting which lasted for about nine hours.

Referring to the revenue collection for the current financial year, the Chairman observed that despite all odds FBR was still in a position to cross Rs. One trillion mark by 30th June, 2008, provided we all work hard and feel our national obligations.

While reviewing the progress of various on-going reforms projects, the Chairman directed Member (TARP) and the line members to observe time line and expedite completion of refurbishment of the RTOs/MCCs. He also directed the Member (TARP) & Member (IMS) to make necessary arrangements to provide computer hardwares to field formations- LTUs & RTOs – on priority basis.
 Current exercise of sectoral examination of sugar/cement also came under discussion. The Chairman desired for early completion of the exercise. Responding Member (Audit) assured that it will be completed in next three weeks. Sectoral study of telecom and other major sectors also came under discussion, line members assured the Chairman of their concerted efforts in this regard and results of such sectoral studies will be presented to the Board.
 The Chairman directed the Sales Tax Wing to ask Collectors of Sales Tax to conduct selective taxpayers’ audit wherever they have any doubt. He also directed Member (Audit) to evaluate the audits, conducted by LTU, Lahore, and inform the Council about its results.
 Expressing his displeasure over thousands of pending refund claims at Export Collectorate and MCC, Karachi, the Chairman directed Member (Customs) to take action against the officials responsible for this huge pendency that has caused inconvenience to the exporters/importers. The meeting, however, noted that 80% of the refund claims were of very small amount which should be paid immediately.
 Board-in-Council also dilated upon the security arrangements currently in place at FBR Headquarters and its field formations, particularly in major cities of the country. The Council asked Member (Admn.) to ensure fool-proof security arrangements at all FBR buildings.
 Shortage of staff at FATE/Audit Wings also came under review and the Council decided to ask Member (Admn) to meet their staff requirements.
 Purchase of buses for pick and drop of staff from the offices will be examined by Member (TP&R) and the issue will be discussed in the next B.I.C. meeting.
 BIC was informed by Member (FATE) that all representations u/s 7 of FBR, Act: 2008 to the Chairman FBR will be received in the FATE Wing and then sent to respective members for their comments. The meeting was informed that a window was being opened in the FBR website where such representations could be submitted on line for redressal of grievances which are simple in nature.
Muhammad Hafeez Mughal
Secretary (PR)
Mar 19, 2008
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