FBR Wants Non-Filers to be Refused New Electricity and Gas Connections

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has requested the Ministry of Power to refuse utility connections to income tax non-filers.

FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi, in a letter to the Minister for Power, has sought help for the implementation of Section 181AA of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, which stipulates that any application for commercial or industrial connection of electricity or gas shall not be processed and provided unless the person is an income tax return filer.

Zaidi further added that FBR has extended the date of filing the returns for TY18 to August 2.

The chairman has requested power ministry to issue instructions to power distribution companies apprising them that it is mandatory to be on ‘Active Taxpayers List’ for every commercial and industrial electricity or gas consumer.

Thanks to the efforts of the FBR, the number of income tax filers has crossed the two million-mark for the first time in Pakistan’s history.

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