As part of training sessions PRA has initiated the orientation workshops on withholding taxes for withholding agents from different sectors. Commissioners, officers i.e. Dr. Javed Iqbal (Member Operations), Ms. Ifra Tabasum (Addt. Commissioner), Ms Zill-e-Huma (E.O.), Ms. Sobia (E.O.), Mr. Danish (E.O.), Mr. Ali Raza Hashmi (E.O.) shall be conducting these sessions on daily basis. The plan includes facilitating and training almost 250 account officers from different organizations i.e. Lahore Transport Company, Pepco, Punjab Skills development, LESCO, Punjab Food Authority, Services Hospital, Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Director General Public Relation, Punjab Building Departments , Punjab Forensic Science Agency, University of Education , Gulab Devi Hospital, Punjab Social Security Health Management Company, Punjab Seed Cooperation, Quaid e Azam Thermal Power Pvt Ltd , National Power Parks Management Company, Parks & Horticulture, Kinnaird College, Mayo Hospital, Directorate of Social Welfare & Bait -ul- Maal, Mines Labor welfare Organization, Tepa, Punjab Health Care commission, Home Department, King Edward Medical University, Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan Agriculture Storage & Services Co-operation etc.
In a meeting held at PRA Headquarters on Tuesday, 14th July 2020, Chairperson PRA along with Commissioner (Enforcement) and Additional Commissioner (HQ), discussed the issues being faced by the Marriage Halls Association. The members of the Association were apprised of the relief provided to the sector in the Finance Act, 2020 with the reduction of PSTS rate from 16% to 5%. The Association pledged support to PRA in its efforts to improve compliance. Chairperson PRA assured the members that no coercive actions will be taken against compliant taxpayers and the PRA will work in close collaboration with all stakeholders to improve compliance and revenue collection and will achieve the revenue target of Rs.125 billion for the current financial year through a combination of enforcement, facilitation and cooperation.
The Punjab Revenue Authority registered a collection of Rs.108.571 billion during the financial year 2019-20 against the revised target of Rs.105 billion, registering a growth of 15.4% over the Rs.94.091 billion collected during 2019-20. This is not only the highest collection among all revenue collecting agencies of the Punjab but is also more than the collection by any other Provincial Revenue Authority. In the midst of an unprecedented economic slump due coronavirus pandemic and the consequent lockdown, PRA relied on taxpayers education and facilitation and achieved this target without any coercive recovery measures or advance payments. The performance is all the more remarkable in view of the unprecedented relief package announced by the Government of the Punjab in April, 2020 whereby the rate of sales tax on services on more than twenty services, including construction, was reduced to zero percent. The package also reduced the rate of Punjab Infrastructure Development Cess to zero percent. With the economy still under the effects of the pandemic, PRA is confident of achieving the target of Rs.125 billion for the financial year 2020-21 with a focus on broadening of tax base and ensuring compliance. Through the Finance Act, 2020, the Government of the Punjab has reduced the rate of Punjab Sales Tax on Services from 16% to 5% on more than twenty services and also reduced the rate on payments made through credit / debit cards to restaurants and beauty parlours to 5%, to incentivize compliance and documentation. PRA plans to use these measures as well as consultation with all stakeholders to optimize revenue collection.
Closing Presentations of Senior Internship Programme being held at PRA Headquarters. Attendees included Chairman PRA Javed Ahmed, Member Policy Zain ul Abideen, Adc HQ Dr. Irshaad Ahmed & other officers.
Kashmir Solidarity Walk held under the leadership of Chairman PRA Javed Ahmed from Aewan-e-Tajarat road to Governor House.The rally included PRA Member Policy Zain ul Abideen, Adc H.Q. Dr. Irshaad Ahmed, officers and participants of senior internship programme holding Pakistani and Kashmiri flags.
Punjab Finance Minister Mr.Makhdoom Hashim Bakht paid a courtesy visit to PRA headquarters and met Chairman Dr.Raheal Ahmad Siddiqui. On this occasion the Chairman briefed the visiting Minister on the working mechanism of the agency, its structure and its achievements.
The 7th, 8th and 9th balloting of Amanat Scheme (RIMS) was held on 22nd February 20178 in Faisalabad. Honorable Chief Guest, Mayor Faisalabad Mr. Razzaq Malik distributed prizes of the 4st, 5th & 6th balloting while announced the names of the winners 7th, 8th and 9th balloting for prizes of Umrah tickets, Tablets, Food Coupons and LED TVs. The chief guest congratulated PRA on completion of successful balloting and appreciated its effort on adopting such innovative tax generating ideas. ADC Headquarter PRA, Aaman Anwar Kedwaii thanked the Mayor on his Participation and talked about tax reforms adopted by his department and shed light on various achievements reached by their implementation.
An event to celebrate the passing out of two weeks long 3rd Senior & Junior Internship Program was held at PRA headquarters. A total of 45 Interns from institutes like LUMS, FAST, Beacon House University, The City School were selected via interviews. Groups securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd position were given cash rewards while stipends were distributed amongst all interns. In his remarks Chairman PRA, Dr. Raheel Siddiqui shared his views about the ideas presented by the interns and advised them to work hard in practical life with honesty and discipline for the betterment of the nation. The interns gave them feedback that will be helpful in designing future program.
The 4th, 5th and 6th balloting of Amanat Scheme (RIMS) was held on 27th DECEMBER 2017 in Faisalabad. Honorable Chief Guest, Deputy Mayor Faisalabad distributed prizes of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd balloting while announced the names of the winners for 4th, 5th & 6th balloting for prizes of Cars, Umrah tickets, Tablets, Food Coupons and LED TVs. The chief guest congratulated PRA on completion of successful balloting and appreciated its effort on adopting such innovative tax generating ideas. Chairman PRA, Dr. Raheel Ahmed Siddiqui thanked the Mayor on his remarks and talked about tax reforms adopted by his department and shed light on various achievements reached by their implementation.
On 15th December 2017, Punjab Provincial Minister for Human Rights & Minorities Affairs Mr. Khalil Tahir Sindhu distributed prizes of the 13th, 14th & 15th RIMS balloting while announced the prizes for the winners of Toyota Corolla, Honda City, Honda CD-70, Umrah Tickets, Tablets, Food Coupons and LED TV’s of the 16th, 17th & 18th balloting. The minister in his remarks congratulated PRA officers for successfully completing its commitment and applauded the departments effort on introducing new modern techniques for generating taxes. Chairman PRA. Dr Raheel Siddiqui in his remarks thanked the minister for being a part of the occasion and talked about PRA’s ultimate aim of becoming a state of the art tax generating body. In order to solidarity of Minorities , The chief guest & chairperson cut Christmas cake.
PRA launches the Junior Internship programme for the O-Levels/A-Levels students | Matric/F.A,FSC. There are six functional areas in this programme "Taxpayer Facilitation, Taxpayer Awareness Campaign, Basic Legal Exposure, RIMS, Infromation Technology Skills and Report Writing". Huge opportunity to be a part of government authority. You can also get the Internship completion certificate, Public sector exposure and stipend. To Apply Click Here .
PRA launches the Senior Internship programme for the Graduated/Under-Graduation | Equivalant Degree students. There are four functional areas "Enforcment, Budget and Account, Infromation Technology and Tax Policy". Huge opportunity to be a part of government authority. You can also get the Internship completion certificate, Public sector exposure and stipend. To Apply Click Here
PRA launches Sales Tax Real Time Invoice Verification system (STRIVE) on 20-10-2017. Chief guest Finance Minister Punjab, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha inaugurated the system in the presence of members of Pakistan Tax Bar, LTBA and ICAP. STRIVE system is a purpose-built software for verifying real time sales tax invoices in-order to stop frauds and bogus claims of input adjustment of sales tax. This system will not only cross check input clams in real time but will also ensure Transparency. The launch of this innovative verification software is a step towards improving accountability between taxpayers & PRA reciprocally. Finance Minister, Punjab, stressed the need of further development of such smart systems to promote transparency in revenue collection and to make PRA fully digitilized. Chairman PRA, Dr. Raheal Ahmed Siddiqi stated, the new system is strategically aligned with the core objectives of PRA i-e to ensure transparency and accountability through innovation. Representatives of PTBA, LTBA, & ICAP also supported the initiative of PRA.
An event, to hold the 1st, 2nd and 3rd balloting of Amanat Scheme under the thriving and popular Restaurant Invoice Monitoring Scheme, was organized by Punjab Revenue Authority on 8th October 2017 at a local Hotel, Faisalabad. Honorable Chief Guest, Punjab Law Minister, Mr. Rana Sanaullah announced the names of the winners for prizes of Suzuki swift, Honda CD-70, Umrah tickets, Tablets, Food Coupons and LED TVs. The Minister in his remarks congratulated the department for its innovative way of generating taxes. He showed his satisfaction on the progress made by PRA and assured PRA his full support to grow as a modern, state of the art tax collecting agency. Chairman PRA Dr. Raheal Siddiqi presented the initiative taken by PRA for the achievements of its target. The Chairman shed light on the newly launched initiative under taken by PRA of Tax Clinics for various sectors.
Punjab Finance Minster Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha on her visit to PRA appraised the achievement of PRA and congratulated the department on its record revenue collection of Rs.83 billion for FY 2016-17. Chairman PRA Mr. Raheel Ahmed briefed the minister on the remarkable reforms taken by PRA for its achievements and laid down its future reforms i.e. collaboration with FBR, Excise and Taxation and Social Security & Industrial department and expansion of Invoice Monitoring System to other cities and sectors.
13th, 14th and 15th Balloting for Amanat Scheme (Restaurant Invoice Monitoring System) was held on 28 August 2017. On this occasion the Chief Guest, Minister for Special Education Chaudhary Shafique Ahmed praised the working of PRA and congratulated the department on its record collection of Rs.83 billion in FY 2016-17. Meanwhile Chairman PRA, Mr. Raheel Ahmed on this event informed, this archived growth is registered at 35 percent over last year and the tax base in the corresponding period has increased to 40,000, more than double the number registered taxpayers compared with the figures 2014-15. The chairman also added the balloting for Faisalabad shall be conducted after Eid ul Azha and announced the launch of Amanat Scheme Rawalpindi by the end of current year.
Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) is facilitating Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) to organize Tennis Summer Camp 2017. This is one of PRA’s initiatives to facilitate and promote multifarious activities for the youth with the approach to ensure public & private sector partnership in various social activities. Member planning distributed shirts and gift hampers to boys and girls of 5-16 age group.
PRA is working with Bank of Punjab in five major cities including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. Now sales tax on services can be paid at 140 branches throughout these five cities. Now you can take your #PSID and visit any of these 140 branches to pay your services tax.
Punjab Revenue Authority is the first government sector organization to successfully commence a senior internship program for training the youth of Pakistan. Students from prestigious institution participated in the internship program and were given projects related to their field of study including Human Resources, Information Technology, Accounting, and Finance. After successful completion interns were given certificates of experience.