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What about them?

Sir: In order to increase revenue, the government has imposed a 0.6 percent tax on non-filers of tax returns on all bank transactions. This appears to be a very good step, as it will compel tax evaders, smugglers and other such ‘worthy’ citizens to pay to the government what otherwise would have gone into their pockets. But how will the government ensure its success in rural areas where bankers owe their jobs to feudal lords? Non-filers like landowners, having great clout in the region, will escape paying and by the time the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) wakes up and starts its investigations, the bank managers will have settled in Dubai. Or they might by then become powerful ministers and be able to hire highly paid lawyers to ensure that nothing happens to them.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in Daily Times, July 1, 2015

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