Punjab government has decided to launch an app for all business-to-government (B2G) and public-to-government (P2G) payments to facilitate the masses and increase the revenue collection with an easy payment solution.
This has been revealed by Punjab’s Finance Minister, Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, in a joint meeting of the finance department and PITB at the Punjab Revenue Authority (PTA). Punjab Finance Department and the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) are developing this application jointly.
“The program will allow people of Punjab to pay taxes using three different electronic payment channels; namely Mobile banking, ATM and over the counter (OTC),” said the minister.
The minister opined that the app will be a helpful alternative to the decades-old payment procedure that required physical visits to collection offices across the province for tax payments.
“Those visits required customers to stand in long queues and wait for many hours to pay their taxes. Such practices indirectly encouraged bribery and corruption but the mobile phone application will allow customers to pay their dues from the comfort of their homes,” he said.
In the first phase, 12 different taxes of the Board of Revenue, Excise Department, Punjab Land Record Authority, and Industry Department will be paid by using the application.
These taxes include motor vehicle registration, token tax, transfer of motor vehicle, property tax, cotton fee, professional tax, e-stamping, sales tax on services, e-stamping, mutation fee, business registration fee, and Punjab infrastructure development cess.
The app will generate a 17-digit unique PSID number that will be used for the payment of necessary taxes through ATM, internet/mobile banking, or bank visits.
The provincial finance minister further told that other payment channels will be added later. “Additionally, it is also planned to include government-to-public (G2P) and government-to-business (G2B) payment models in future to broaden the horizon of the program”, said the minister. “The name and final launch date of the application will be announced soon,” he added.