There’s no deadlock with any sector, says FBR chief

Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi has ruled out possibility of any political involvement or interference behind the ongoing strikes or protests against the condition of providing CNIC numbers of unregistered buyers or imposition of 17% sales tax on local sales of 5 export-oriented sectors. Zaidi said that there is no deadlock with anyone and FBR has constantly been engaged with various exporters associations of different sectors in all cities. The condition of CNIC is not for the general public, but only for persons registered with the sales tax department and such registered number of taxpayers is standing at 47,000 all over the country. As a result of meetings with the chambers/trade bodies, the FBR chairman said that the FBR is ready to define ”small trader” in consultation with the trade bodies. The FBR is also ready to introduce a fixed tax scheme for small traders. In a separate incidence The PM met with the officials of Karachi Chamber of Commerce to discuss the issues including CNIC’s of un-registered buyers. He regretted that some sectors are using the condition of seeking CNIC’s number of buyers to create misunderstanding and confusion for their own motives.