Over 600,000 taxpayers 'mysteriously disappeared' from Pakistan's tax net

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 25, 2012 08:10 hrs

Pakistan's Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) has revealed that nearly 600,000 taxpayers have 'mysteriously disappeared' from the tax net in the past one year.

This discrepancy has emerged from the data of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) when it was compared with the figures compiled and maintained by Pakistan Revenue Automation (PRAL), a subsidiary of the FBR, reports The Dawn.

Data revealed that out of 1.22 million, 204,069 people overlapped - their names were present in both the list of those who filed tax returns and in the list of employees whose names were submitted by the employers.

Critics are of the opinion that the names were deliberately counted twice to present a rosier picture than the reality.

The total revenue contributed by these taxpayers stood at Rs 80 billion in 2011. If official figures are to be believed, out of Pakistan's 805,465 taxpayers, each pays about Rs 13, 673 as income tax every year.

Pakistan continues to have the lowest number of active taxpayers per tax administrator in South Asia - 64. In India, taxpayers per tax administrator share stands at 537, in Sri Lanka 232, in the United States 1,990 and Switzerland 3,182. (ANI)

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