ISLAMABAD - The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has to collect some Rs 277.61 billion only in thirty days period to achieve its revised target of Rs 1,588 billion despite announcing mini budget in March by taking additional revenue generation measures worth of Rs 53 billion. The tax department is seriously struggling to achieve its twice-revised target of Rs 1,588 billion. According to the sources, the FBR has collected some Rs 1,310.39 billion during the first eleven months (July-May) period of the ongoing financial year 2010-2011 against the revised annual target of Rs 1,588 billion. Now, the tax department has to collect Rs 277.61 billion only in thirty days to reach the annual tax collection set for the outgoing fiscal year. According to the provisional figures, the FBR has collected Rs 160.55 billion during the month of May 2011 as compared to Rs 110.26 billion collected in May 2010, registering 45.6 per cent growth and surpassing the target of Rs 152.8 billion set for the month. Aggregate collection up to 31st May 2011 thus works out to Rs 1,310.39 billion as against Rs 1,136.8 billion collected during the corresponding period of the last year, the official statement said. Keeping in view the shortfall, the government took additional revenue generation measures worth of Rs 53 billion. The government has announced 15 per cent flood surcharge, removal of General Sales Tax exemptions on fertilizers, pesticides, tractors, plants and machinery. Similarly, the government announced to increase in Special Excise Duty from one to 2.5 per cent to raise revenue. However the tax department is still facing challenges to reach the target. Interestingly, the government has twice revised the revenue collection target for the outgoing fiscal year, as earlier it was set Rs 1,667 billion at the eve of budget, which later revised to Rs 1,604 billion due to the unprecedented and later it was further revised to Rs 1,588 billion. Not only economic experts, but also the Revenue Advisory Council (RAC) of the government has also observed that the tax board could not achieve the revenue collection target of Rs 1588 billion at the end of June. Similarly, the government has set an unrealistic target of Rs 1,952 billion for the upcoming financial year on the basis of Rs 1,588 billion, which is difficult to achieve. The break-up of Rs 1,310.39 billion revealed that FBR has collected Rs 479.19 billion as direct tax in July-May period of 2010-11 against Rs 424.99 billion of last year, Rs 552.43 billion as sales tax against Rs 465.233 billion, Rs 119.61 billion as Federal Excise Duty against Rs 106.84 billion and Rs 159.160 billion as custom duty against Rs 139.160 billion during the same period last year.