At least 9 parliamentarians paid less than Rs. 10,000 in taxes and 4 members of the National Assembly failed to pay any tax for the year ended on June 30, 2017, revealed Parliamentarians Tax Directory released by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
According to the FBR directory, 9 parliamentarians paid less than Rs. 10,000 tax for the year ended June 30, 2017, contrary to 19 parliamentarians that paid less than Rs. 10,000 tax for the year ended June 30, 2016.
According to the Parliamentarians Tax Directory, all the senators and members of Punjab Assembly paid tax during the period under review.
At least 90 parliamentarians, including 16 senators and 10 MNAs had failed to pay any tax for the year ended on June 30, 2014. The list was reduced and 26 parliamentarians, including seven senators and one MNA, failed to pay any tax for the year ended on June 30, 2015, which was further reduced and at least 19 parliamentarians, including two members of National Assembly, failed to pay any tax for the year that ended on June 30, 2016.
The members National Assembly who paid “0” tax during the period include; Najaf Abbas Sial (NA-91), Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon (NA-153), Makhdoomzada Syed Basit Ahmad Sultan Bukhari (NA-179) and Begum Tahira Bukhari (PK-7, women reserve seat).
Two provincial members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly including Sardar Fareed (PK-45) and Saleh Muhammad (PK-55) did not pay any tax during the period.
Two provincial members of Sindh provincial Assembly including Syed Ghulam Shah Jeelani (PS-75) and Owais Muzaffar (PS-88) did not pay tax during this period according to the tax directory. Santosh Kumar (Non-Mulism-67) from Balochistan provincial assembly is among those parliamentarians who paid zero tax for the year that ended June 30, 2017.
The parliamentarians who paid less than Rs. 10,000 tax included Khatu Mal Jeewan (Rs. 1,145), Malik Nadeem Kamran (Rs. 4,100), Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar (Rs. 4,100), Chauhdary Muhammad Shafique (Rs. 3,050) (Rs. 280,979 total tax paid by AOPS in which taxpayer is a member), Mrs Raheela Anwar (Rs. 4,645) Mr Khalil Tahir Sandhu (Rs. 8,200) Sardar Muhammad Bakhsh Khan Mahar (Rs. 8,750) and (Rs. 40,700 tax paid by AOPS in which taxpayers a member), Ali Nawaz Shah (Rs. 4,053) Shahid Taheem (Rs. 5,604).