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Tax Culture Promotion & FBR Reform

Professionals & Businessmen of Pakistan are not defrauding taxes. they are trying to save Taxes to get the bare basics for their families.
They buy Generators/Inverter/UPS/solar systems  because the Govt. has failed to provide a reliable power supply.
They install clean drinking water systems instead of Government Water Supply, hire instead of Government Security System, send children to Private Schools instead of Government Schools, go to private hospitals instead of Government Hospitals, buy and maintain cars instead of lousy public transportation, they use imported products instead of low quality local made products, they have to use Banks with Interest Based (Soodi Nizam) Economy System due to lake of Bait-ul-Maal. All Government Services are blow standard.

What does the Tax Payer get in return on retirement, when they need it most to survive? Nothing! Not even social security. Their own EPF and ETF too is embezzled by the Govt. Throughout their lifetime, their earnings are used by the Government to give subsidies to the masses for buying votes.

What else Government does with Tax money?
Set up courts which give judgements as asked by the Govt.
Operate Police Stations which work mainly for politicians.
Operate Hospitals which fail to treat the needy.
Build Roads and Infrastructure to steal our money ( 40-100%).
And the list is endless...

If the Pakistan Government may provide the above as done by the Governments of Civilized Countries, why would anyone avoid or evade paying taxes?

All Pakistani believe that the entire tax revenues are misappropriated by Bureaucracy and Politicians. A Business works at a margin of between 2% to 10% , whereas the government takes 30% of his income to cover its wasteful expenditure. Is it at all fair? Government has to reduce the Tax to minimum level.

This phenomenon indicates the failure of the Current Governing System in discharging its own functions fairly and efficiently. We have to think seriously to implement Islamic Welfare Estate to resolve all socio economic issues..


Tax collection is a Main Source of Income for a Country. We may Promote the Tax Culture in Pakistan with the following FBR Reforms on a top
priority. Our main priority should be Tax collected by public shall be spend on public not on luxurious lifestyle of Public Office Holders. We have to promote our Made in Pakistan Exports by reducing the Cost of Doing Business in Pakistan with the reduced Utility Bills and Reducing Tax on Raw Materials. According to Islamic System only Zakat (help for the welfare of the community) shall be imposed and get rid of all other Unfair Taxes. GET RID OF INTEREST AND LOANS  FROM IMF, WORLD BANK ETC.

  • FBR shall work under National Bait-ul-Mal, which shall be responsible for well being of Poor/Needy, Senior Citizens, Widows and Street Children, all Rich Persons have to contribute more to help the poor. As being a Muslim Country we have to promote Giving is Caring Culture.

  • In Pakistan every common Pakistani pays lots of direct Taxes in terms of mobile phone bills, Electric bills, Gas Bills, ATM withdrawals. Patrol, Diesel, Oil and also on every Household items. These Direct Taxes shell be minimized or eliminated from a common man.

  • All Tax Collection and Its Spending must be Transparent and Published Online.

  • There shall be Affordable and Low Percentage of Goods & Services Tax as 3.0% like Singapore GST. But it shall be Chargd for each Goods Sold or Services Provided in Online Real-time Billing Systems at Point of Sales and Government Shall Sponsor Wi-Fi POS to Shops/ Business on easy Installment Plans.

  • Stop importing lots of un necessary items which can be manufacturer in Pakistan, it will create more jobs and save our money.

  • In order to boost our economy there shall be no Income Tax like Qatar Economy, most of the billionaires are living in Qatar as per population after Singapore.
  • For Poverty Elevations Government has to promote the cottage industries and live stocks  for poor families.

  • Provide Interest Free loan to Youth to establish small business.

  • Give a Special Promotions and Facilitations for Overseas Pakistanis to Invest in Pakistan and keep their funds in Pakistani Banks abroad.

  • FBR and BOI shall provide Overseas Pakistanis Investment Opportunities to buy Share of Dams and Energy Projects instead of taking loans from IMF, World Bank.or Asian Development Bank etc.

  • There shall be 15% Tax on Mobile Phone Prepaid Cards & Postpaid Bill 5% for Helping Welfare Projects for Needy, Disabled, Widows, Street Children and Senior Citizens and 10% for dam fund.

  • Instead of charging higher Tax and duties on Automobiles and cellphones, Pakistan shall import the auto and mobile industries in Pakistan. This will generate lots of jobs and save our flight of our capital on the other hand we will generate foreign funds from our own export of vehicles. In the same manner we have to import the faculty to Pakistan instead of sending our students abroad to save our money and culture,

  • All Overseas Pakistanis shall provide Pakistani Bank e-Accounts Facilities in Overseas and promote and bound them to keep/Transfer their Saving/Funds in their e-Accounts.

  • NAB, FBR and FIA shall investigate for removing anomalies and revisit all Government Agreements like IPPs, LPG, Circler Debits, Foreign Investment, CPEC China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Reko Diq Gold and Copper Mining Contract to foreign firm, Government Sector Privatizations, Loans from IMF, World Bank etc., Loans Waived off and other Contracts etc., and rectify all issues against the interest of Pakistan.

  • BOI and FBR and Our Justice System have to Protect all Overseas Pakistanis and provide them full support and security to their Assets and Investment. Government may have fund raising from Well-off Pakistanis and Overseas Pakistanis for Loan Paybacks and National Projects. 

  • Promote and facilitate Cottge Industres and Made In Pakistan Products.

  • NAB and FIA shall held all Corrupt Government Officials and Bureaucrats including their doormats (Derbaaries), Top 5000 Richest Persons in Pakistan and Dual Nationals and kept them in a 5 Star Jail unless their Complete Audit of Income, Assets and Paid Taxes or Money Trails. If they found guilty, hanged them upside down until the recovery of funds/ assets. Also Raid on their Homes and Offices to recover Hidden Wealth and Documents.

  • Excise Department shall send annual road tax bills to all the registered owners of the vehicles. This will generate lots of funds and eliminate vehicles ownership on open transfer letters as well and Government may also earn extra funds for Vehicle Transfer Fees Collections.

  • FBR & BOI shall provide a cultivated land to Grow the seeds of Foreign Investment and Protection against Caterpillars of Corruption.

  • State Bank shall control money laundering by Hundi by offering 2-3 Rupees Extra on US$ Exchange Rate send to Pakistan via Pakistani banks by Overseas Pakistanis. 

  • In order to stop smuggling via Afghan Transit Trade, Excise Office shall install GPS devices on all containers travelling from Karachi Seaport to Afghanistan Boarder and watch their movements and stopovers for any dropouts of smuggled items on the way. 

  • Any Person Buyimg and Selling Properties or Vehicle shall must produce his/her Income, Assets and Taxes.

  • Any Person Importing any Item shall produce his/her Income, Assets and Taxes.

  • Any Person visiting abroad on Tourist / Study Visa  shall must produce his/her Income, Assets and Taxes.

  • Agricultural Land Shall be Taxable.

  • Anyone having more than one Home or Vihicle must be a Tax Payer.

  • Any Person Staying in any 5 Star Hotel Shall must produce his/her Income, Assets and Taxes.

  • Any Person e.g Peer / Leaders, earning from any donations Shall must produce his/her Income, Assets and Taxes.

  • Any Person Having Dual Nationality Shall must produce his/her Income, Assets and Taxes.

  • There will be heavy Penalties and Punishments for Non GST Paid Bills /Invoices.

  • State Bank of Pakistan shall ban currency Bills of Rs 5000/- and Prize Bonds exceeding the value of Rs 1000 and also Print New Rs 500 & 1000 Bills as Plastic Currency like Singapore to eliminate corruption.

  • Tax Amnesty Scheme should be on Properties, Currencies, Prize Bonds, Diamonds and Gold. State Bank have to examine all the Bank Lockers for Recovery of Foreign Currencies, Prize Bonds, Diamonds and Gold. 

  • All businesses transaction shall bound to use Banks no cash transaction shall be allow above Rs 50,000 Cash.

  • FBR and National Quality Center shall control the Price and Quality of Vehicles Made in Pakistan, if we compare their quality and price there is no match of International Markets. And FBR shall considers ban on import of Cars, smartphones and Other Luxurious Household Items.

  • All Government Offices shall work 8 Hours Per Day  on Week days.

  • There shall be High Level of Appreciation & Monetary Rewards as some percentage of Recovery Amount to the Person who will help the state to eliminate corruption, provide evidence of kickbacks, frauds or any type of Corruption.

  • There shall be Strict Audit by Public Account Committee of all past projects of 20 Years exceeding the cost of 50 Million Rupees, All Government Official and Contractors Shall be Investigated for the wealth/ properties they possess.

  • We have to work on The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (STAR) Program. STAR works with developing countries and financial centers to prevent the laundering of the proceeds of corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of stolen assets.

  • Transfer of Plots in any society is done by a transfer letter issued by the developer not by a Registry by a court. This process is causing lots of loss to the government treasury. There shall be a new law to ban plots transfer by a developers transfer letter, there should a a Court Registry for all plots.

  • Pakistan shall earn maximum revenue out of its strategic location, its Gwadar Port, Motorways and C-PEC Routs  to earn its revenue above 20 Billion US$ annually.

  • Stop smuggling of Petroleum on Iran Border.

  • Pakistan shall not depend on IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank or US Aid etc. We have to stop taking loans on Interest, which is strictly prohibited in Islam. Instead we have to seek help from our brother Islamic Countries and our Friends.  We shall not trade in US$, we may barter trade or may use GOLD or Local currencies.

  • Improve Exporta of Made in Pakistan Products bt providing One Window Operations by BOI and FBR, Reducing Cost of Doing Business by Subsidized Utalitity Bills, Lower Tax Rates, while simultaneously decreasing our Imports and Banning Exorts of Raw Materials.

  • Bangladesh setup in 1971 and now its Textile Products Export is  standing at second position in the world and crossing 37 Billion of US Dollars.  
    Textile is a long value chain starting from the Natural And Man Made Fiber, Ginning, Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Processing, Home Textiles, Technical Textiles, Garments; Allied Industry Such As Accessories, Chemicals, Machinery And Spares etc.
    Put Ban on Export of Raw Cotton, Cotton/ Silk/ Fiber Yarns,Spun Thread and
    Plain or dyed Cloths, It will motivate Chinese and other Countriesí Textile Industries to move in Pakistan when they will not get a raw materials. We have to manufacture the Final Stitched/ Sewed Textile Products, and have to do value additions such as designing, marketing, branding, distribution channels etc., to Export. That is how we can bring our textile Exports up to 60 Billion US Dollars per year constantly. If we want to achieve this goal we need lots of direct Foreign Investment as well labor force and we may overcome unemployment from Pakistan.

    Government shall open more Expo Centers especially one in Faisalabad, since this city produced 45% of Textile Exports.
    FBR shall establish an Auto Tax Refund Facility for All Textile Exporters to give them instant refunds, it will boost Textile Exports. Government shall provide extra funds for Gas and Electricity setup in all industrial Zones. Government also has to manage good Waste Management, Drinking Water Supply and Environment Control in all Industrial Zones.

  • Tax evasion shall be discouraging morally and shall be punished hardly since it is a crime against Nation.
    Beside the corrupt politicians most of the Pakistani businessmen are keeping fake Bank Accounts for their business transactions and to hide their wealth. The state Bank shall re-investigate all bank accounts holders via biometric verifications and all depositors must be validated too via biometric systems.

  • In order to control the US Dollar Price in the open Market, its Illegal Trade and Stocks. All Money Exchanges shall be banned to run Foreign Exchange Business countrywide, The Foreign exchange Services shall be managed by State Bank of Pakistan by all Pakistani Banks. All foreign Exchange Transaction shall be done by Using Pakistani Passport/ CNIC.

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  • Beside the Electronic Traffic Control System, Government shall have deployed at least 100,000 new Road Inspectors as well in order to control our poor traffic system and check any mischief caused by Untrained Drivers and Irresponsible behaviors, Driving Licenses, Road Tax and Vehicle Documents etc. The Road Inspectors shall be given a 20% Commission on the Traffic Challans /Ticket to overcome their salaries.

  • Government shall have deployed at least 100,000 new Magistrates for all over Pakistan in order to improve our Poor Justice System and check any mischief and Irresponsible behaviors in our society. The Magistrates shall be given a 20% Commission on the Public Challans /Tickets to overcome their salaries.

  • FBR and State Bank Shall Re-Investigate All Bank Account Holders with Bio-Metric Verifications to eliminate all Bogus Bank Accounts and Money Laundering. Use Bio-Metric Verifications for all depositers as well.

  • Instead of Bureaucrats, appoint the Professionals as Heads of all State Owned Enterprises on merits.

  • Like Wah Ordinance Factory Handover the Management of Pakistan Steel Mill to Pak Army for giving Oxygen to its production and workforce. Likewise handover PIA to EX-Pakistan Air Force Chief.

  • As a Nation, we like get Free Gifts, Winning of Rewards, Winning of Prize Bonds, Winning of Lottery Tickets and to have VIP Facilities etc. We can use these habits positively to Promote Tax Culture in Pakistan. FBR shall announce some reward schemes to all tax payers according to their contributions in Tax Collection such as:

    • All Muslim Tax Payers will be entitled for yearly Lucky Draw of 100 Umrah Packages of 15 days with Food & Lodging and Yearly 100 Hajj Packages. For Non-Muslims Tax Payers Umrah Package will be replace to Tour an Asian County for 7 Days with Food & Lodging, and a Hajj Plan will be replaced by World Tour for 15 Days with Food & Lodging.

    • A person who is paying Taxabove Rs.1000 per month is entitled for One Prize of yearly Lucky Draw of 200 Prizes consist of 1st prize of a 5 Marla Home, Second Prize of 660 CC Car, 3rd Prize of 1 Lac Rupee Cash and 97 Prizes of 25,000 Each Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled for Free Health & Life Insurance Protection for their Families.

    • A person who is paying from Rs.1000-2000 per month is entitled for One Prize of yearly Lucky Draw of 100 Prizes consist of 1st prize of a 10 Marla Home, and 99 Prizes of One Lac Each Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled for Free Health Facilities & Life Insurance Protection for their Families.

    • A person who is paying Tax from Rs.2001-5000 Tax per month is entitled for One Prize of Quarterly Lucky Draw of 50 Prizes consist of 1st prize of a 1 Kanal Plot,and  49 Prizes of 5 Lac Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled for Free Health Facilities & Life Insurance Protection for their Families and Free Education for their Kids.

    • A person who is paying Tax from Rs.5,001-100,000 per month is entitled for One Prize of yearly Lucky Drawof 25 Prizes consist of 1st prize of a 2.5 KG Gold, and  24 Prizes of 25 Lac Each Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled for Free Health Facilities & Life Insurance Protection for their Families and Free Education for their Children.

    • A person who is paying Tax from Rs. 100,001-1milion per month is entitled for One Prize of yearly Lucky Draw of 10 Prizes consist of 1st prize of a 5 Karor Rupees Cash and  9 Prizes of 50 Lac Each, Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled for Free Health & Life Insurance Protection for their Families, and VIP facilities in Airports and other Government offices.

    • A person who is paying Tax from Rs. 1 milion above per month for 5 years will be entitled for The President's Award for Pride of Nation. Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled for Free Health Facilities & Life Insurance Protection for their Families, and VIP facilities in Airports and other Government offices.

    • A person who is paying Tax from Rs. 5 milion above per month for 5 years will be entitled for The President's Award for Pride of Performance. Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled for VVIP facilities in Airports and other Government offices and will be awarded for Tamgh-e-Imtiaz.

    • A person who is paying Tax from Rs. 10 milion above per month for 5 years will be entitled for Hilal-i-Imtiaz.  Plus all Tax Payer in this category will be entitled VVIP facilities in Airports and other Government offices.

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