Lahore: Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation and Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has directed the officials to expedite the recovery of arrears as well as the overdue taxes from defaulters on top priority basis and not to be influenced by any pressure in this regard. He said that government is encouraging the dedicated, honest and hardworking officers/officials of the department and cash prizes are being awarded to the staff members of best showing performance in tax collection.
He expressed these views in cheque distribution ceremony among the excise and taxation officials who have shown extraordinary performance during three months in tax collection campaign. The Minister said that achievement of revenue targets is a vital importance for development projects, therefore, the department will have to display its best performance in this regard.
Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman directed the officials of Excise Department to educate the citizens that timely tax payment can avoid any embarrassment and complication whereas the government launched welfare projects for the masses from tax money. He directed the officials directed to utilize all possible resources for achieving the targets of collection of taxes and accelerate the pace of recovery.
The Minister directed to improve the taxation system and in order to provide maximum facilities to the tax payers adding further simplify the system of tax recovery so that the targets could be achieved amicably. He said that a major portion of property tax is lost due to corruption and there is a need for remedial measures. Solid measures should be made for improving the efficiency of the department and modern technology be utilized for this purpose, whereas, an effective strategy should be adopted for plugging the leakage of taxes and the recovery targets for the current years should be achieved at any cost, he added. The Minister appreciated the performance of cash prize winning officials i.e. those recovered remarkable taxes in various heads.