“nobody will be allowed to harass the tax-payers”: PM
Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan says the country stands at the crossroad and everyone will have to play its role for the improvement of the national economy. “We pay the least tax. In the past 10 years, we took many loans” and a lot of the expenditure “goes in the interest on those taxes.”
Talking to a private TV channel, He said the country cannot move forward unless taxes are collected and steps are being taken to increase income and reduce loans. the government is implementing the austerity drive to bring down the expenditures at the national level. People can avail the asset declaration scheme to legalize their undeclared assets will have no choice after, he added.
Commenting further on the hesitance of Pakistanis regarding paying taxes and how their taxes would be used, Khan said: “People think their tax won’t be spent on them. They believe it’ll be stolen or won’t be spent on them.
“However, I promise it would definitely be spent on them.” The Prime minister gave two assurances during his comments: That “nobody will be allowed to harass the tax-payers” and that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) “will be reformed”.
The Prime Minister said the economy of the country has reached a critical situation where half of our income goes to paying the interest on loans.
He said efforts are underway to bring real reforms in the FBR.