The Friends of Economic and Business Reforms has welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s consideration to extend the deadline of the Asset Declaration Scheme, helping maximum number of businessmen avail full benefit of legalizing their undeclared assets.
Calling for ADS’s extension for another three months till Sept 30, 2019, Kashif Anwar said that FEBR appreciates the PM’s idea of extension because there’s a lot of pressure, and lots of people are saying that there is too little time left to register.
It is to be noted that Prime Minister has said that within next 48 hours, the government would come up with a program to accommodate those who had emerged in a huge number at the last moment to avail tax amnesty scheme expiring on June 30, 2019.
Kashif Anwar said that Tax Amnesty Scheme 2019 would relieve pressure on the economy as it would generate additional revenue for the government while businessmen can declare their assets or income and they cannot be asked about their source.
He said that three-month’s extension in Tax Amnesty Scheme would enhance the chances of its success as businessmen would get more time to understand.
He said that this Scheme will go a long way in achieving the desired results. It will help broadening the tax net and would reduce the burden from the existing taxpayers. It is a matter of concern that just around 1.2 million income tax return filers in a country of more than 200 million people that’s why Tax-to-GDP ratio in Pakistan is poor. The new scheme is better than the previous ones because this time the government has slashed the tax rate so that maximum number of people could take full advantage of it. Now, such individuals who keep undeclared assets in form of cash, prize bonds, cars and property may avail this terrific facility.
By paying tax from 2-5 percent, all these undeclared assets can be legalized. He said that this scheme also covers the foreign bank accounts as well as such immoveable assets which have been kept abroad and never declared.