Law enforced: NADRA to provide citizens information for broadening of tax base

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ISLAMABAD: The government has enforced a law binding National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) to provide information of citizens for tax purpose and broadening of tax base.

According to Income Tax Circular No. 03 issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) a day earlier, said that through the Finance Act, 2018, the NADRA has been included in the list of organizations that do not fall within the ambit of the confidentiality clause in terms of sub-section (1) of section 216 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.
This amendment would assist the FBR for purposes of broadening of the tax base.
The FBR said that as per sub-section (1) of section 216 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 public servants are barred from disclosing information contained in tax returns/statements/ accounts as well as documents furnished, evidences given and affidavits or depositions made during the course of proceedings under the Ordinance (except proceedings relating to offences and prosecutions). In addition, any record related to assessment or recovery proceedings under the Ordinance is also to be kept certain exceptions have been provided in sub-section (3) of section 216 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 where information can be disclosed to specified persons and organizations.

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