ISLAMABAD - Large number of elected representatives of Pakistan, 329, have not filed their income tax returns despite passing two deadlines in one week period, as the government has announced to issue tax directory of the lawmakers on February 15.
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)’s officials said that 843 parliamentarians out of 1172 have filed their income tax returns till Monday, which was revised last day for filing returns.
“FBR has once again decided to further extend the deadline till February 14”, said an official of the tax department while talking to The Nation on Monday. He added that FBR has set earlier deadline of February 7 for filing returns of the income tax of the lawmakers, which later was revised to February 10.
Later, the deadline was extended till February 14. The FBR would issue the tax directory of the lawmakers of the country on February 15.
Sources said that Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, JUIF chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman, former Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik, Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Baloch, PTI MNA Arif Alvi and others were among, those did not file income tax returns yet.
FBR Senior Member for Inland Revenue Service (who is also Spokesperson) Shahid Hussain Asad other day told The Nation, “FBR will impose fine on those parliamentarians who have failed to file their income tax returns, as it does to the other common people,”.
It is worth mentioning here that Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar had announced to issue a tax directory about the parliamentarians by February 15 and another overall tax directory concerning business community as well as other citizens in March. The government’s decision of issuing a tax directory came when media raised the issue of nonpayment of tax by the lawmakers of the country. The FBR has issued national tax numbers (NTNs) to all the members of the National Assembly, the Senate and the provincial assemblies with the direction to file their returns by February 7 otherwise their tax status would be declared as non-filers in the tax directory by Feb 15, 2013.
Lahore reporter adds: The ruling PML-N has appeared at the top in the list of non-filer lawmakers belonging to Punjab Assembly.
Out of 25 non-filers, 21 belong to the ruling party, while two each are have their affiliation with the PPP and the PTI.
The PML-N members who have not yet filed their tax returns include:
Ihsanul Haq Bajwa, Shoukat Ali Laleka, Muhammad Sibtain Raza, Ch Faqeer Hussain Dogar, Makhdoom Syed Ali Raza Shah, Shakeel Ivan, Mian Naseer Ahmad, Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Malik Zulqernain Dogar, Bilal Yasin, Malik Ghulam Habib Awan, Syed Raza Ali Gilani, Ali Asghar Manda, Bilal Akkbar Bhatti, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Javid Allauddin Sajid, Faizan Khalid Virk, Sajjad Haider Gujjar, Malik Sajjad Hussain Joya, Rais Muhammad Mehboob Ahmad, and Malik Muhammad Javed Iqbal.
The PPP members include: Mian Khurram Jehangir Wattoo and Makhdum Syed Ali Akbar Mehmood whereas Sadia Sohail Rana and Zaheeruddin Alizai are from the PTI.
The FBR has directed the defaulter MPAs to file their tax returns by 15th of this month.