An open letter to Chairman FBR.
You are perhaps the only tax collection organisation in the world, whose principal aims appear to be the following:
Sadly, for the last 70 years, you have performed outstandingly well on the above three counts, thus becoming the biggest hurdle in the progress and well being of Pakistan.
If you had even an iota of interest in your job, you could have asked any one on the street, if he ever paid tax or tried to use your convoluted website for payment of taxes. In the hundreds of interviews we carried out with people who have finance and computer degrees, they confirm that not a single one of them is able to figure out head or tail of your “designed to destroy” website. Let me assure you that even YOU have no clue about how it works.
All that was needed was a one page simple form in URDU and English where every citizen, who is even eighth class pass, can give basic facts of his income and himself decide the tax to be paid according to the block in which the income falls. The tax payment should NOT require any PSID, “chalaans” or queuing in banks. Announce a bank account number (on TV and newspapers) and any citizen using his phone and mobile money transfer systems like Easy Paisa, UPaisa or Jazz should be able send the tax amount against his/her CNIC to that bank account.
For 70 years, you have not been accountable to either your profession or your conscience. You are the architects of making Pakistan worse than a third world country. Let me however assure you that you will be ultimately accountable to the people and the law of Pakistan.
May I humbly request that please make tax payment easy and do-able by every citizen of Pakistan so that millions more, who want to contribute to the growth of this great country can do so.