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PTBA, BTBA condemn shifting of 38 top taxpayers from RTO Quetta to LTU Karachi

Observe as next to impossible for both taxpayers and lawyers to cover distance of 700km for tax affairs

M Jahangir Hayat

Lahore: Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) and Boluchistan Tax Bar Association (BTBA) have expressed thire strong reservation over shifting of 38 major Tax Payers from Regional Tax Office Quetta to LTU Karachi a terming the move a serious violation of fundamental rights and against the basic principles of Federal Board of Revenue.

A Meeting of Balochistan Tax Bar Association was held the other day which was chaired by President
Mr Muhammad Asif and Mr Manzoor Ahmed Senior Vice President of Pakistan Tax Bar Association and all members of BTBA and during meeting Mr Aftab Hussain Nagra President Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) & MR. Habib ur Rehman Senior Vice President
Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) were also on board.

As per the resolutions passed by the meeting reservation were expressed over shifting of 38 major Tax Payers from Regional Tax Office Quetta to LTU Karachi vide Notification F.No.1(48)Jurisdiction/2014-132522-R dt 05-08-2020 under which the jurisdiction of 38 cases was shifted from Quetta to Karachi

It was said that it is sheer violation of fundamental rights of the people under Article 10 A of Constitution and a violation of the principles of Federal Board of Revenue.
The Associations urged the FBR authorities to immediately shift back the tax payers the case about contractors, steel mills and others to Balochistan.

It was discussed that taxpayers have been transferred from RTO Quetta to LTU Karachi without any notice while in the current situation tax payers of Balochistan have been subordinated to Karachi LTU which is against the basic principles of FBR.
The meeting noticed that Regional Tax Office Quetta is fully functional in Balochistan where Grade 21 Officer posted as Chief Commissioner and met the tax collection targets and paid more tax than the target

The meeting observed that it is next to imossible for both tax payers and lawyers to cover the distance of 700km for tax affairs.

The federal government imparts the provinces with the budget in proportion to the amount of tax they receive under NFC award and it is always claimed that Karachi is the highest tax collecting city.
The meeting ended and called the move as injustice with people of Balochistan and also recommended that the cases of builders already shifted to Karachi should also bevshifted back to RTO Quetta.

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