The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is grappling with discrepancies in the data of active income and sales taxpayers between its IT Wing and Inland Revenue (Operations) Revenue Budget Wing for the Fiscal Year 2022-23.
The FBR’s annual performance report revealed variations in the figures of the Active Taxpayers List (ATL) of income tax and sales tax as of June 30, 2023. Notably, the data maintained by the IT Wing and that compiled by the Inland Revenue (Operations) Revenue Budget Wing did not align.
The report pointed out disparities in the consolidated data of income tax and sales taxpayers with ATL status. For instance, the Inland Revenue (Operations) Revenue Budget Wing reported 3,938,502 income taxpayers as of June 30, 2023, while the IT Wing reflected 3,999,457 in the Income Tax Active Taxpayers List (ATL) for the same period. This discrepancy amounted to 60,955 income tax active taxpayers.
Similarly, the count of Sales Tax Active Taxpayers varied, with the IT Wing reporting 197,309 and the Inland Revenue (Operations) Revenue Budget Wing recording 223,873 as of June 30, 2023. This showcased a difference of 26,564 sales taxpayers in the reported data from the two FBR departments.
These inconsistencies in taxpayer data within the FBR raise concerns about accuracy and synchronization, prompting a need for resolution.