Press Release

Stop Raids at Business Premises by the Tax Officials

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has appealed to the Federal Finance Minister Asad Umer, Minister of State for Revenue Muhammad Hammaz Azher and Chairman FBR Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan to help stop raids at business premises by the tax officials.  In a statement, the LCCI President Almas Hyder said that Federal Finance Minister Asad Umer and Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar had announced ceasing of raids during their recent visit to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry but FBR staff is still busy in conducting raids at business premises and creating an atmosphere of harassment among the business community.  He said that raids at business premises & markets and harassment measures by the staff of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) are not only adding to the miseries of the business community but are also promoting trust deficit between the government and the business community therefore government should take immediate notice of the situation.

He said that misuse of discretionary powers by the tax officials is grinding the business community. Prime Imran Khan and Federal Finance Minister Asad Umer should take notice of the situation immediately otherwise bureaucracy would cause huge damage to the business activities. The LCCI president said that Section 38-B of Sales Tax Act, 1990 is being harmfully used by the officials of tax department. They are visiting markets and business premises to unjustifiably harass the business people. He said that teams from tax department should visit the markets, if necessary, but they should immediately stop harassing business community. Almas Hyder hoped that Federal Finance Minister Asad Umer, Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azher and Chairman FBR Muhammad Aurangzeb would take immediate notice of the raids at business premises.