Malakand Division braces for tax implementation after delay

PESHAWAR: All preparations for the implementation of taxes in Malakand Division have been completed. The tax imposition will cover a vast number of non-customs paid vehicles and established factories in the division.

The initial phase involved the issuance of a notification announcing the appointment of officers for the implementation of taxes in Malakand Division. According to sources, the federal government has finalized the taxation framework for the division.

After the conclusion of the current fiscal year, the decision to commence tax collection from the new fiscal year 2024 has been made. Notifications from the Commissioner Income Tax for Men’s Office indicate the announcement of appointments tax officials in Swat. As per the released notification on February 16, additional appointments, including Additional Commissioner Income Tax, Senior Auditor, and Land Revenue Officer, have been made in Swat to operationalize income tax implementation in the region.

According to sources, tax collection, including Malakand Division, is scheduled to begin in July 2024, encompassing millions of non-customs paid vehicles. The federal government has also decided to impose taxes on non-customs paid vehicles in some tribal areas.

To facilitate this, the decision has been taken to establish District Tax Offices in Malakand and Swat districts. Four officers from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) have been entrusted with the responsibility of identifying land and locations for setting up District Tax Offices in these two districts.

Commissioner Land Revenue has issued orders appointing a team, including Administrator Commissioner Land Revenue Muhammad Alam, Senior Auditor Syed Ahmed Hussain, Land Revenue Officer Zia-ur-Rehman, and Israr Ali Yousafzai. This team will collaborate with the Deputy Commissioners of Swat and Malakand to submit an initial report on the identification of locations for District Tax Offices on February 26.

Following the establishment of FBR supervised District Tax Offices in Malakand and Swat districts, actions will be taken against non-customs paid vehicles and the imposition of various federal taxes in the region. It’s important to note that the government had previously decided to impose taxes on non-customs paid vehicles and established factories in Malakand Division, but after intense protests from various political parties and the local population, the government had delayed the decision.

Aziz Buneri
Aziz Buneri
Author is a senior journalist and working in the field of journalism since 2004. He covers Financial, Social, Political and regional issues for Pakistan today and Profit. He can reached at [email protected]


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