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FBR Blocks 90,000 SIMs of Non-Filers in Crackdown on Tax Evasion

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has taken stringent action against individuals who failed to submit their tax returns, resulting in the phased blocking of 90,000 mobile phone SIMs of non-filers.

Each day, data of 5,000 non-filers is provided to telecom operators for action. According to an FBR spokesperson, this data has been supplied to telecom companies in 18 groups, initially identifying 5,671 major non-filers.

So far, 90,000 mobile SIMs of non-filers have been blocked. However, the SIMs of more than 14,315 individuals have been restored following compliance with tax laws and the filing of income tax returns. The blocking of SIMs is being carried out under the Income Tax General Order as the FBR continues its crackdown on non-filers.

Tax collection is a critical component of any government’s fiscal policy, serving as the backbone for public funding and economic stability. Effective tax collection ensures that the government has the necessary resources to invest in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and social services, which in turn fosters economic growth and improves the standard of living for its citizens.

Compliance with tax laws also promotes fairness and equity within the economic system, as it ensures that all individuals and businesses contribute their fair share to the nation’s revenue.

The FBR’s current actions highlight the importance of adhering to tax obligations and the consequences of non-compliance. By enforcing tax laws and taking measures such as blocking SIMs, the FBR aims to increase the tax base, reduce evasion, and ultimately enhance the financial health of the country.

The FBR’s efforts are part of a broader strategy to enhance tax compliance and strengthen the tax administration system in Pakistan. By leveraging technology and data analytics, the FBR aims to identify and take action against tax evaders more efficiently. These measures not only deter non-compliance but also encourage voluntary tax filing among the populace.

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