Online vehicle tax payment seems to be finally catching on, as Islamabad Excise & Taxation Department has also launched an online tax payment facility for car owners.
Reportedly, the intent of this service is to allow the vehicle owners to pay their token tax, registration, and transfer fees from the comfort of their home, via online banking services or any other viable digital mode of payment.
As per the Director of Excise & Taxation Bilal Azam stated, who spoke at length about the development, this new step is taken in the interest of ensuring efficiency for the department and convenience for the customers. While speaking with the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Azam said the following:
This is a step forward for converting the E&T operations into a one-window facility by 2021 under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘Digital Pakistan’ vision. From onwards, around 1.1 million vehicles’ owners need not to visit the E&T office as they would be able to submit their token tax, registration and transfer fees through ATMs, debit cards and e-banking after registering themselves at the ‘City Islamabad App’.
Azam also highlighted that this new development shall also ensure effective revenue collection, as soon as a major chunk of people start making payments via online mediums. He further added that the mediums that can allow you to make the payments include the e-payment services of multiple financial institutions .
He also told APP, that the ‘City Islamabad app’ has been made available on Google Play and App Store, so that the car owners can use the app to acquire a Payment System Identification (PSID) number and make the payment online. He added that an online property tax payment system is also in the works.
The service could be slightly tricky for the people who are not yet technologically savvy, but once they catch on, these services are very likely to change the tax payment routine in the country for the better.