LAHORE: Pakistan’s Excise and Taxation Department has launched mobile applications to improve tax collection in Punjab.
The mobile apps, developed by the British organization Sub-National Governance (SNG) Program under the Innovation Challenging Fund Program, will allow for the collection of token and property taxes.
At an event to mark the launch, Caretaker Minister for Excise and Taxation Bilal Afzal said that Pakistanis pay taxes, but the rate is very low, with the property tax rate in Punjab at only 0.1% of the total potential of Punjab, which is around Rs. 9 trillion.
He added that with the help of modern technology, the tax net could be expanded.
The HIPT app will help identify properties located on highways to bring them into the tax net, while the ANPR app will read the number plate of a moving vehicle and immediately inform whether the token tax has been paid.
If not, the defaulting vehicle will be stopped, and a challan will be issued on the spot.
This technology will increase tax collection and transparency, and facilitate the excise staff in performing their duties, said Director General Excise Muhammad Ali.
The mobile applications are expected to substantially increase government revenue, said Excise Secretary Masood Mukhtar, who thanked the British government and SNG leadership for their support.
Besides, the provincial minister distributed certificates, shields, and devices to the staff of the Excise & Taxation Department at the end of the ceremony.