166 booked in Pakistan for Rs.30bn tax evasion

December 24th, 2010 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 24 (IANS) Cases have been filed over the past year against 166 tax defaulters who collectively owe a staggering Rs.30 billion to the Pakistani exchequer, a minister said.Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh told the National Assembly Thursday that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has over the past year filed cases against 166 tax defaulters. They owe nearly Rs.30 billion to the national exchequer.

During 2009-10, the FBR issued notices to 114 defaulters for over Rs.10 billion. Fifty-two taxpayers against whom the bureau has tax claims of Rs.18 billion have received stay orders from different appellate forums, Dawn reported Friday.

FBR officials had recently told the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly that the bureau was stuck in litigation in superior courts against thousands of tax-evaders who owed about Rs.100 billion.

The Supreme Court chief justice has set up a separate bench to hear tax-related pending cases.

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