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FBR 2019 data: PM Imran paid Rs9.8m in taxes while PPP's Yousuf Raza Gillani paid none.

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FBR 2019 data: PM Imran paid Rs9.8m in taxes while PPP's Yousuf Raza Gillani paid none

Tahir Sherani
January 3, 2022



This combination photo shows Prime Minister Imran Khan (left) and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Yousuf Raza Gillani. — RT screengrab/File


This combination photo shows Prime Minister Imran Khan (left) and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Yousuf Raza Gillani. — RT screengrab


The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) released its 2019 tax directory for parliamentarians on Monday, which shows that former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani paid no tax in the said year while Prime Minister Imran Khan paid Rs9.8 million.

According to the document, the directory was tabulated from tax returns filed manually and electronically till January 3.

"This data only includes income and tax declared in returns filed to FBR and does not include agricultural income tax paid to provinces, sales tax, federal excise duty etc," the document states.

In the foreword, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said that the FBR has been publishing the directory for the last six years.

However, this time special efforts were made to make the directory more informative "which will help not only in educating taxpayers but also in encouraging compliance with tax laws as a national duty," he said.

"The directory embodies the government’s policy of better governance, accountability and transparency through public access to information," the minister added.


According to the data, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif paid Rs8.2m while PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari paid Rs0.53m.

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari paid Rs2.2m. Senior banker and incumbent finance minister, Shaukat Tarin paid Rs26.6m while former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi paid Rs4.9m.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah's tax amounted to Rs1.1m. In contrast, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar paid a measly Rs2,000.

Current Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo Rs1.1m and his predecessor Jam Kamal Khan paid Rs11.8m. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan paid Rs66,258.

Among the members of the federal cabinet, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid Rs0.9m while Planning and Development Minister Asad Umer paid Rs4.3m. Energy Minister Hammad Azhar paid Rs29,025 in an individual capacity while his associations of persons (AOPs) tax amounted to Rs18.1m.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Senator Faisal Subzwari, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas and Punjab Prisons Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan were among several lawmakers that paid Rs2,000.


Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Yousuf Raza Gillani and PML-N's Azma Zahid Bokhari did not pay anything in taxes. Additionally, a PTI MNA from Karachi, Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, paid a whopping Rs140m.


Tarin calls for simplifying tax regime

Addressing a ceremony held for launching the tax directory, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said that it was important for parliamentarians to make their tax returns public as it would ensure transparency and set an example for others.

He also highlighted the importance of paying taxes, adding that it was imperative that everyone in the country paid taxes and that there should be no "sacred cows".

"The government is unable to help the common man because we are unable to fulfil our current expense from this revenue. So, for development expenditure we have to take loans," he said.

The minister also said that the taxation system in Pakistan had a lot of "distortions". "Some are taken at a federal level, some at a provincial level [but] we do not speak to each other," he said, adding that authorities were now moving towards "tax harmonisation".

Tarin also called for simplifying the tax system. "We take withholding taxes because we are unable to collect it from other means. We should have two kinds of taxes: income tax and consumption tax. There should be no other taxes apart from this."

The minister said that the country should move towards "progressive taxation".

He said that the government was focusing on increasing the tax net, adding that there were three million taxpayers in the country. He said that the FBR will now send notices to those who are not paying taxes based on the information from their ID cards, bank accounts and utility bills.

"This will not be harassment but we will put the facts and figures in front of them," he said, adding that this will be done in a "knowledgeable, organised and objective" manner.
 

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has released a list of 188 lawmakers who did not submit their income tax returns during the tax year 2019, while 35 parliamentarians, including former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, declared their taxable income to be zero.

According to documents available with The Express Tribune, Najeeb Haroon topped the list by paying Rs14,749,768 while 20 parliamentarians paid less than Rs1,000 while 76 parliamentarians, including Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar paid income tax ranging from Rs1,000 to Rs2,000, and 44 parliamentarians paid up to Rs10,000.

During the tax year 2019, 1,003 parliamentarians submitted their tax returns. 80 of these were senators, 312 MNAs, 327 from Punjab Assembly, 149 from Sindh Assembly, 91 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly and 44 from Balochistan Assembly.

Out of those who did not pay any tax, 11 were from Punjab Assembly, 10 from NA, eight from Senate, four from KP Assembly while one member each from Sindh Assembly and Balochistan Assembly.

These include MNAs Abdul Shakoor, Kamaluddin, Mansoor Hayat, Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Saif-ur-Rehman, Saleem Rehman, Miss Farrukh Khan, Shakila Khalid Chaudhry, Pir Amir Ali Shah Jilani and Sardar. Mohammad Khan Leghari.

Senators who did not pay taxes include Ahmadzai, Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Qaratul Ain Marri and Faisal Rehman.

Punjab Assembly members who did not pay any income tax include Mian Amaldar Abbas Qureshi, Khalid Mehmood Dogar, Mehmood Liaqat, Mohammad Muawiyah, Mohammad Saleem Akhtar, Samiullah Chaudhry, Azmi Zahid Bukhari, Rukhsana Kausar, Raja Saghir, Sania Kamran and Talat Mehmood.

Ayesha Bano, Ikhtiar Wali, Madiha Nisar and Shah Dad Khan from K-P Assembly did not pay any tax, while Khalil George and Jam Shabbir Ali Khan from Balochistan Assembly, and Sindh Assembly, respectively, did not pay any tax either.

Prime Minister Imran Khan paid Rs8,954,959 in taxes during fiscal year 2019, while Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani paid Rs1,399,000, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif paid Rs8,240,000 and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari paid Rs2,218,229 in taxes.

NA Speaker Asad Qaiser paid Rs555,794, Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi Rs932,835, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Rs535,000, Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen Rs266,000,000, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar Rs2,000, K-P Chief Minister Mehmood Khan Rs66,258, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah Rs1,099,758, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Qudus Bizenjo Rs1,061,777 in the tax year 2019.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi paid Rs4,871,277, Senate Deputy Chairman Mirza Muhammad Afridi Rs40,913, Law Minister Farogh Rs4,285,201. PPP senior leader and former premier Yusuf Raza Gillani did not pay any tax during this period.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed paid Rs75,000, Senator Farooq H Naek Rs4,900,000, Senator Faisal Javed Rs66,000, Federal Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati Rs784,000, Senator Faisal Vawda Rs1,162,000, Senator Talha Mahmood Rs322,000,000, Senator Raza Rabbani Rs1,556,000, Federal Minister Moonis Elahi Rs6,534,000, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak Rs1,257,000, Federal Minister Noorul Haq Qadri Rs62,250, Sheharyar Afridi Rs53,876, Minister of State Farrukh Habib Rs4,05,477, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz Rs885,000, Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri Rs89,479, Senator Zeeshan Rs1,000, Federal Minister Dr Shireen Mazari Rs871,033 Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Rs851,955, Federal Minister Khusro Bakhtiar Rs158,100, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal Rs55,656, Azam Nazir Tarar Rs2,540,126, Senator Ahmad Khan Rs2,388,362, Ali Bukhari Rs38,000 while PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb paid Rs39,761 in taxes.

Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed paid Rs86,606, Federal Minister Hamad Azhar paid Rs29,025, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Noor Alam Khan paid Rs82,311, PML-N's Khawaja Saad Rafique Rs269,414, Federal Minister Sheikh Rasheed Rs557,450 and Federal Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan paid 1,211,661 in taxes.
 

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