ISLAMABAD (APP) - Experts here at a pre-budget public consultation seminar stressed the need for broadening tax base besides improving the efficiency of tax collection system through latest technologies and making people realize their national responsibility of paying taxes for economic sustainability. The first-ever pre-budget public consultation titled Change in Collective National Behaviour, How to Expand the Tax Base in Pakistan: Ideas for the Budget 2010-11 was held here on Thursday by National Assemblys Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue under the chairpersonship of Fouzia Wahab. The public consultation was held in order to get expert proposals and views about various aspects of the upcoming federal budget and improve interaction between the people and the parliament besides establishing the tradition of eliciting public input and ownership of countrys fiscal and financial priorities by the elected representatives. Fouzia Wahab said that recommendations of this consultative workshop would be sent to FBR and Ministry of Fiance for incorporation in the upcoming budget. The speakers suggested the committee that agriculture, real estate, services sector and other neglected sectors should be brought into the tax net to enhance revenue collections. Speaking on the occasion, Former Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Abdullah Yousaf said that inefficiency in tax collecting system machinery needed to be overcome. He presented the concept of utilizing data warehouse to evaluate taxable income of individuals or companies. The data warehouse would be established by the third party he said adding that this would be electronically facilitate analyze and evaluate tax returns of any individual or company. He said that FBR has already done work on it and the system is ready to be put in place, however added that it would need governments support for implementation. Things are ready with FBR but need necessary legislation from the government, he added He said, once functional, this system would enhance revenue collection adding that many countries were using that data warehouse concept for tax evaluation which enhanced their revenue collections manifold. He also highlighted the importance for improving tax policies and bringing into tax net various sectors which are yet out of tax net. Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Senator Ilyas Blour said that Pakistan was lagging behind the neghbouring countries in collection of tax to GDP ratio and stressed the need for developing proper tax culture to promote economy. He was of the view that govt should facilitate people in exchange of taxes adding that improper education, health and security facilities were discouraging taxpayers. He also underlined the importance of introducing proper audit system to evaluate the taxpaying income of business community. He said that the economy must be documented to have proper evaluation of assets besides improving tax culture and transparency. Principal Economist, Social Policy and Development Center, Karachi, Muhammad Sabir said that there was a need for promoting tax intelligence and highlighted the importance of bringing the real estate into tax net. Professor of Economic at National University of Science and Technology (NUST),Dr. Ather Maqsood Ahmed was of the view that even the registered companies were not fully paying their taxes. He said that increasing the compliance rate should be the first priority of the government adding that this could enhance revenue collections manifold. Executive Director, Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan, Mushtaq Ahmad Madraswala stressed the need for improving overall tax culture in the system. Head of Research, Fiscal Policy Division, PIDE, Dr. Fazal Hussain in his presentation underlined the need for filling the gap between the tax potential and the actual collection. Participants, on the occasion suggested the committee to introduce tax awareness chapters in the education curricular to sensitize students from early stage about the national responsibility of paying taxes. They said that this could also be done by utilizing the services of religious leaders to make people realize that paying taxes to the govt was obligatory for them.