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Income Tax Return Filers Shrinking 35%

ISLAMABAD: The interim government has failed to broaden the tax base, with the number of income tax return filers shrinking 35% to just under 3.9 million compared to last year, amid challenges to achieve monthly tax collection targets.

The caretaker government, whose rule has now effectively ended with the oath of the new National Assembly, also remained unable to tax retailers, neither was it able to suspend the mobile phone connections of non-filers of income tax returns. There was hope that, unlike politicians, technocrats would move against powerful retailers.

Sources told The Express Tribune that, contrary to the hype created around bringing reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the figures of income tax return filers have significantly dropped.

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