If you have filed your tax returns by March 31, then your name will be included in the active taxpayers’ list.
State Minister for Revenue Muhammad Hammaz Azhar said the government has decided to include the names of late filers in the ATP as well.
It has been decided that in order to facilitate late tax filers, all Income Tax Returns filed till 31st March 2019 shall be included in the Active Tax Payers list.
— Hammad Azhar (@Hammad_Azhar) March 15, 2019
The number of individual tax filers increased by 10.7% compared to last year. The overall number of filers (including businesses) has increased as well. Azhar, in another tweet, said the number of overall tax returns filed till December 15 show a 30% increase compared to last year.
Pakistan has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world, around 12%, because tax evasion is rampant in the country. Therefore, the government has compiled lists of high net worth individuals, a database of more than 700,000 people who are evading taxes, and 3,100 of them have already been issued notices.
These are resourceful people who have purchased properties worth Rs20 million, bought 1800cc automobiles and earned rental incomes of Rs10 million a year, but didn’t file their income tax returns.
Non-filers, people who don’t file their income tax returns regardless of whether they pay tax or not, will be penalised, Federal Finance Minister Asad Umar had said during a session of the National Assembly last October.