ISLAMABAD - Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Sohail Ahmad on Tuesday reaffirmed the governments commitment to form Inland Revenue Service (IRS) even if the World Bank stops its support to Tax Administration Reforms Programme (TARP). This he said while addressing a press conference at FBR head office. IRS was Pakistans own programme and this was the part of FBRs tax reforms he said and added that IRS was the need of FBR. He said, Some officers of FBR have challenged the creation of IRS in Lahore High Court (LHC) however the court dismissed the writs as they said in the judgement that it would not only improve the tax administration but the tax collection would also increase. World Banks team, which was currently visiting Pakistan, was not inspecting Government of Pakistan and FBR. They are investigating their own officers, who were running the TARP in Pakistan. He said World Bank had showed satisfaction over the performance of FBR of last six months as they might extend TARP for two years further. On a question, he said 57 officers of customs group were ready to come in IRS. He said a small panel team consisting of one panel member and a staff member was on the visit of Pakistan on February 22-24, 2010. The panel will prepare its eligibility report after this visit in which it will recommend to the World Bank board of directors whether the request merits an investigation. Due to FBRs reforms, tax collection had enhance by 20 to 30 percent from October over the same period of last year despite oil prices were not so high as compare corresponding period he said. On another query, FBR chairman said We set the revenue target in the wake that power subsidies would go in the current fiscal year. Due to cut in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), tax collection would be affected he said and added that similarly withdrawal of taxes on sugar would cause billions of tax shortages to FBR. The FBR had demonstrated a strong commitment to increase the efficiency of tax collection, to improve the level of service to the taxpayers, and to ensure a fair and more equitable application of tax laws, said Yusupha Crookes, WB Country Director for Pakistan. The World Bank is committed to continuing our support to the FBR for the implementation of this ambitious reform strategy, primarily through the Tax Administration Reform Project (TARP). He stressed that reforms of tax policy and administration were among the most crucial economic reforms for Pakistan. Pakistans tax to GDP ratio at around 10 percent was among the lowest in the world, severely jeopardising national goals of reducing poverty and increasing and improving vital public services such a health care, education, and infrastructure.