Traders lash out at opposition parties for opposing VTCS

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran on Saturday lashed out at the opposition political parties for opposing the Voluntary Tax Compliance Scheme (VTCS) announced by the government for the benefit of traders.

Addressing a press conference, All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Secretary General Naeem Mir said that the traders were deeply hurt by the remarks uttered by leaders of the political parties including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) who called them tax thieves and owner of black money.

He said that taxation system of the country was so outdated and complex that the traders remained away from entering into this system.

“Now the government has changed the team of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in a bid to correct the system, which shows the commitment of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government and the traders are willing to enter into the tax net due to positive policies of the government,” Naeem added.

He requested the opposition parties not to indulge the traders in their politics and should favour the government’s positive decisions.

He said the Anjuman was a non-political organisation so it should not be politicized, adding that as many as 3.5 million traders across the country would get benefit and would enter in to the system, which would ultimately help economic development of the country.

He requested Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah to invite the trader community in the joint meeting of opposition parties to be held tomorrow to discuss the issue.

“The country’s 3.5 million traders were the main stakeholders in this scheme so we would like to convince the opposition parties in favour of the Income Tax (Amendment)

Bill, 2016,” he added.

Naeem said the government had prepared the scheme with consultation of the business community and the introduction of the scheme was totally in favour of the traders.

He said the traders were excited to take advantage of the scheme, as it would help them to enter into the tax net without any difficulty.

Anjuman Tajiran Islamabad President Ajmal Baloch on the occasion said the scheme was specifically announced for the traders and it was nothing to do with big businessmen.

He said the traders were reluctant to enter into the system due to corruption but now the government has offered an easy way to the traders to come into the tax net by paying a specific percentage.

He said currently about 100,000 traders were paying their taxes and this package would help hundreds of thousands more traders to enter into tax net.

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