RTO visit RCCI
Rawalpindi: Chief Commissioner, Inland Revenue, Regional Tax Office Rawalpindi Dr. Hamid Atiq Sarwar paid a visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). Addressing traders RTO Hamid Atiq said government working on multiple areas in broadening the tax base and Tax net. Trader’s contribution towards revenue collection has been increased and we do appreciate their efforts in strengthening the national economy. Inland Revenue Department has delegated certain services to zonal offices so that local tax payer get easy access and get his grievances addressed at local RTO further added that the Inland level. Revenue department had zero-tolerance for misbehaviour and harassment created on the part of tax collectors against any taxpayer, as maintaining the respect of taxpayers was top of its priorities. He said he had an open-door policy and assured that genuine complaints of taxpayers would be addressed. RTO also lauded RCCI for its efforts in promoting trade activities in the region and providing a platform to address the issues linked with tax payers.
On this occasion, President RCCI Malik Shahid Saleem highlighted tax-related issues of business community. He said tax incentives should be given to local industry to promote imports substitution and GST should be reduced to single digit level to bring down cost of doing business. The sales tax on cottage industry like shoe manufacturing from scrap and recycle material must be abolished, he demanded. He said that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) must facilitate taxpayers and focus on non-filers by enhancing taxes on them to improve the tax revenue of the country. The grievances of Wedding Hall owners must be addressed as they are receiving notices despite a stay order from court.
RCCI chief said that traders are not against the taxes, however, harassment should be stopped in the name of tax collections, registration of business centers and multiple audits and misuse of discretionary powers of inland revenue officers.
Senior Vice President Badar Haroon, Vice President Fayyaz Qureshi, former presidents, representatives from trade associations and a large number of members attended the session.