Islamabad: The Federal Government issued a decree authorizing the FBR to take action against non-filers and cut off utilities of those who are not on the Active Taxpayer List.

It was decided to expand the country’s tax base and to get more people to the tax net. After issuing the ordinance, FBR will be able to reduce the Sua-Gas connections, power, mobile/SIM cards, and bank accounts if the individual is registered but not on ATL. In addition, if unregistered or registered but not incorporated under Section 3(9A) of the Sales Tax Act 1990 the Board will discontinue gas and power for people and retailers of the Tier 1.

Similarly, the FBR is required to provide information on the people’s assets and liabilities on a request by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). In order to avoid unconcerns and legal action, the FBR has also given stringent warnings to tax evaders to file returns by date. For retailers not registered with the tax authority, the requirements are more severe.