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Justice Gulzar Terms FBR ‘Burden on Country’

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday declared the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) a “burden on country” and the government to terminate the tax-collecting department for better results.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed made these remarks while hearing an appeal filed by the federal board challenging the restoration of its Muhammad Anwar Goraya.

He remarked that the board is turning into a burden for the government. “Why hasn’t the board been able to meet its tax targets?

“Put an end to FBR and you will see how much money is collected,” he added.

They have employed more than 22,000 people just to collect 20% of taxes. More than 80% of the taxes are indirect, the judge said.

Later, a two-member bench dismissed the board’s petition in the case.