Raza Kazmi

ISLAMABAD: In line with the vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan for promoting Taxation culture in the country, a special signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Higher Education, Archives and Libraries Department, Government of KPK and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was held on Wednesday at Higher Education, Archives and Libraries Department, Civil Secretariat, Peshawar, the FBR spokesperson announced here Wednesday.
The ceremony was observed by Special Assistant to Chief Minister KPK on Higher Education and Information Kamran Khan Bangash, Chief FATE FBR, Tehmina Aamer, Secretary Higher Education, Archives and Libraries Dawood Khan, Secretary FATE FBR Alam Zaib Khan and Secretary PR FBR Adnan Akram Bajwa. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Provincial Secretary, Higher Education, Archives and Libraries Department, Government of KPK Dawood Khan and Chief FATE, FBR Tehmina Aamer.
MoU is aimed to promote tax culture & tax awareness in all educational institutions under Higher Education, Archives and Libraries Department, Government of KPK. It shall serve to foster positive taxation culture and awareness among students and teachers through different sets of activities, skills and experiential learning for making them responsible citizens.
The training sessions will inculcate among students the significance of paying taxes and how to act the role of identifying tax evasion and reporting to the concerned tax authorities. Federal Board of Revenue will educate and train students and teachers through taxation syllabus, training sessions and seminars.
According to signed MoU, Higher Education, Archives and Libraries Department, Government of KPK will provide access to FBR for conduct of training and awareness activities in maximum provincial government educational institutions. This MoU will be applicable for three years.
On the occasion, Special Assistant to Chief Minister KPK on Higher Education and Information Kamran Khan Bangash thanked FBR for introducing this idea of promoting tax culture among youth of the country. He expressed that the training sessions would enlighten the students about the necessity of tax payment which would make them tax compliant citizens.
FBR has decided to launch countrywide awareness sessions through seminars and training sessions to promote tax culture which will help to increase the number of taxpayers and revenue for the country.
Meanwhile, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued a clarification on a news story published in the daily Express Tribune in its issue dated 16th June, 2021. The story conveys an impression of divergence of views between Federal Minister for Finance & Revenue and FBR Officers during visit of Finance Minister in FBR HQ on the subject of possible revenue generation through integrated Point of Sales retailers.
FBR has clarified that there was complete harmony between the minister and FBR in determination of goals and objectives to achieve revenue target of the coming fiscal year, broadening of tax base, evolving of future strategy to increase revenue through integration & monitoring of POS linked retailers and other basic contours of future work to get off the ground from first of July, 2021. The proceedings of the meeting were conducted in a very candid environment under the guidance and leadership of Federal Minister for Finance & Revenue and ended after exchange of fruitful discussion on the subject of POS and increase in tax net by the participants.