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Respect the taxpayer

One slogan that is not raised enough by the economic or political agents in the country is ‘taxpayers ko izzat do’. The matter cannot be overemphasized. The sheer size of…

Pity the taxpayers

The chief justice of the Supreme Court expressed his annoyance over the huge number of surplus employees in the Pakistan Railways. A few days ago, he pointed out the dismal…

Taxpayers must be new VIPs of society

Recently there has been a blurring of the lines between public goods and private goods with the private sector stepping in to finance public goods and the public sector providing…

Of Taxpayers & Non-filers!

Of taxpayers & non-filers!

Non-collection of tax where due, is as detestable as its collection, where it is not due- CIT Companies, Lahore v State Cement of Corporation (Pvt) Ltd, Lahore 2002 PTD 1603…

Whither Taxpayers’ Money

Whither taxpayers’ money

In Pakistan, taxpayers' money is not spent for the purpose it is collected. It is wasted and/or abused mercilessly. A big chunk of it goes for debt servicing and for…

Maligning Taxpayers

Maligning taxpayers

Our politicians and their crony bureaucrats keep on maligning taxpayers while the so-called "informed" analysts and all-knowing (sic) TV anchors join the bandwagon with often-repeated popular jargon that only "1%…

Misusing Taxpayers’ Money

Misusing taxpayers’ money

  Regardless of Pakistan's poor economic growth, rising poverty and inequalities, internal and external security threats and energy crises, extraordinary funds are made available to ensure that our rulers appear…

Happy Taxpayers

Happy taxpayers

A couple of months back, I heard the chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue say at a pre-budget seminar that the FBR was confronted with the challenge of ‘why…

Make Life Easier For Taxpayers

Make life easier for taxpayers

Our Constitution empowers the federal government to levy sales tax (GST in our case) on goods, and the provinces to collect such a tax on services. This constitutional division of…