Tax laws being amended to cut non-filers’ utility connections

Amid low compliance in filing of tax returns from industrial and commercial consumers, the FBR has decided in principle to amend tax laws for disconnecting electricity and gas supplies to non-compliant clients from Jan’20. In the last 6 months, Discos have been unable persuade non-compliant industrial and commercial consumers to e-file income tax return for TY19. FBR Chairman, Shabbar Zaidi has said that field formations have been directed to ensure that all industrial and commercial consumers of electricity and gas distribution companies are registered under and file return of income. However, the response has been very poor.