APROPOS the letter ‘No-filer blues’ (Sept 1). I agree that people are suffering owing to the 0.6pc withholding tax on non-filers of returns, but what about those who own big shops and stores but refuse to file returns?
What if there is a robbery in such a shop? Why should the owner be entitled to call the police for assistance?
In such cases, the state should refuse to help at all, and the public should not buy goods from such places.
The FBR should advertise the names of such traders, and besides arresting those involved in corruption, non-filing traders should also be tried in anti-terrorism courts, because their resistance to taxes adversely affects the state’s revenue and thus causes poverty which in turn leads to terrorism.
Shakir Lakhani
Published in Dawn, September 7th, 2015