LAHORE - Lahore Tax Bar Association (LTBA) has termed the actions being taken by the Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation (Inland Revenue) as impediments in the way of promotion of tax culture in the country.

During a meeting with the Director General I&I (Inland Revenue) Anser Javed, LTBA office bearers expressed their reservations on indiscriminate use of powers by the intelligence officers against taxpayers. Tax Bar people were of the view that the FBR had simultaneously given powers to intelligence agency under Sales Tax Act 1990 sections 25, 37, 37A and 38 and officials were harassing the taxpayers on the basis of these sections of the act.

They observed that the officers had been empowered to get an FIR registered against any taxpayer and start legal action or release him at his own discretion.