ISLAMABAD                    -                Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is likely to set the revenue collection target at Rs5,100 billion for next fiscal year of (2020-21), keeping in consideration the existing and post COVID-19 Corona Virus Pandemic situation.

For the current fiscal year (2019-20), the downwardly reviewed revenue collection target of Rs3, 908 billion would be achieved with the renewal of economic activities, FBR Member Inland Revenue (IR) - Policy Dr Hamid Ateeq Sarwar told APP here.

He said that FBR expected to collect Rs500 billion by the April end, however so far it had collected Rs145 billion and keeping in view this trend the total collections during the month would reach Rs210, he said adding that the COVID-19 had affected the collections.

Replying to a question on recently issued different Statutory Notification (SROs) in current amid COVID -19 scenario, he said that FBR had exempted the 2 per cent duty on editable oil as withdrew the duties on pulses, wheat , flour and sugar items ,where he expect price of these would down by 10 to 15 per cent in coming days.

Member FBR, Inland Revenue (IR)- Policy said that the 61 import items had been sent to FBR which was necessity in current situation of COVID-19 by Federal Ministry of health, which 19 items included in brand name and in this regards FBR has consulted to the Ministry of Commerce and other concerned ministeries and department .

He added that “we reviewed the whole list all 61 items and excluded these 19 items which existed in generic name and not been imported by the governament.

Dr Hamid Ateeq Sarwar said that FBR has fully awarded and “we have rejected these items which has the issue of compatibility and quality and FBR has followed the recommendation of Ministry of health in this regard. He said that in this regards worth Rs7 billion items been imported on emergency basis in current critical situation.

Replying to another question on relief package to the constructing industry and fixed tax issue, he said that FBR had completed all the procedure in this regards after the approval of ordinance. Dr Hamid Ateeq Sarwar said that this package was mainly for builders and developers and this relief package would start by December 25, adding that construction industry can get benefits of this package by September 20, 2022. He said during this time FBR would ask any one for source of money or start any investigation of builders and buyers. He said that those who want to launch new housing societies would have to pay 10 per cent of fix tax to start their business. Dr Hamid Ateeq said that recent decline in petroleum prices was related to demand and supply, adding that the FBR faced loss of Rs 15 billion in minimization of taxes on petroleum items.