Over 100 MPs in Pakistan not paying income tax

Over 100 MPs in Pakistan not paying income tax

Photo for representation purposes.

New Delhi, December 23

More than 100 members of parliament in Pakistan are either not paying income tax or are not registered with the Pakistan Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), The News reported.

As many as 161 of 1,170 MPs in Pakistan have not paid tax on their income nor have filed any tax returns. These MPs are in violation of tax laws while collectively owning assets worth Rs 35 billion. Official records show that some are not even registered with the tax authorities.

Official documents examined by Geo News have disclosed that more than 103 MPs have collective assets of Rs 8 billion but are not active taxpayers. A few dozen are not even registered with the FBR as taxpayers.

As many as 76 of these 103 MPs represent major political parties; two are ministers in Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan's cabinet.

Official records show that these MPs are in the 'in-active taxpayers' list'. Four MPs, who are not active taxpayers, have purchased properties collectively worth millions of dollars in Dubai, Norway and London in the last decade. Around a dozen among them have had declared businesses namely construction companies, petrol pumps, etc in the country, the report said.

The Parliamentarians Tax Directory for the fiscal year 2018 did not carry a tax record of around 323 of the total 1,170 MPs. As many as 847 MPs collectively paid around Rs 1.6 billion in taxes for the year 2018-19, according to the FBR directory. The directory carries tax credentials of total 1,008 MPs, while tax columns of 161 MPs have been left blank and some names were missing from this important official document, the report said.

IANS

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Hoshiarpur boy trapped in borewell rescued

Hoshiarpur: Six-year-old boy rescued from borewell dies

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann announced to give Rs 2 l...

Pace sensation Umran Malik, Arshdeep selected for T20Is vs SA

Pace sensation Umran Malik, Arshdeep selected for T20Is vs SA

Hardik in shortest format, Pujara in Test earn recalls

Umran always has self-belief that he will make it big one day: Father Abdul Rashid

Umran always has self belief that he will make it big one day: Father Abdul Rashid

21-year-old son Umran Malik has been selected in the Indian ...

BJP Lok Sabha member Arjun Singh rejoins Trinamool Congress

BJP Lok Sabha member Arjun Singh rejoins Trinamool Congress

I faced hurdles in acting independently as an elected Lok Sa...

Cities

View All