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Shabbar Zaidi rejects news of extension in amnesty scheme

ISLAMABAD, JUNE 29 (DNA): Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Shabbar Zaidi has rejected the news regarding extension in the date of amnesty scheme.He said no such option under consideration.PTI minister Faisla Vawda in a tweet earlier today said that the tax declaration scheme is being extended by four days.He said that the clause of depositing the declared money in the bank accounts is no longer the part of this scheme. “You can declare but there’s no need to deposit,” Vawda added.

The tax declaration scheme is being extended by four/4 days and the clause of depositing the declared money in the bank accounts is no longer the part of this scheme. You can declare but there’s no need to deposit.

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had issued instructions to its subordinate offices to observe extended working hours till Sunday, June 30 which is the final date for asset declaration.

As per details, all FBR offices will remain open until 8:00 pm on Friday and 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

According to a press release, the step has been taken to facilitate the taxpayers in payment of duties and taxes and filing of the income tax return.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan hinted at an extension in the Asset Declaration Scheme in order to avoid inconvenience caused to citizens by the June 30 deadline.

The prime minister made the remarks while interacting with members of the business community on a special PTV News telethon via video link.

The prime minister said that the people have shown willingness to come under the tax net but they are complaining the paucity of time as the scheme is set to expire on June 30, 2019.

He said people do not have faith on the working of FBR as they consider their tax money will be wasted. He regretted that tax culture could not flourish during the reign of previous governments.

The prime minister said that after the passage of budget, he will sit with Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi to clean the tax collection agency of corrupt people.=DNA

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