Government Grants FBR access to Citizens’ Family Tree

The government of Pakistan has decided to give access to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to the family tree data of citizens.

In recent times, cases of people taking properties in somebody’s else’s name have increased. In an effort to curb this issue and catch the culprits, this step is being taken by the government.

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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in its recent drive against 380 top tax evaders, unearthed some of these dodgers.

A briefing was given by FBR to the Finance Minister Asad Umar, who came up with a solution that FBR can use the family tree data to catch the people dodging the authorities to buy properties.

National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) maintain the family tree data. In the past, NADRA was hesitant to share that data but according to sources Asad Umar has asked NADRA chariman to cooperate with FBR in this regard.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) governments failed to implement the Benami Act of 2017 that has permitted the people to keep the properties and assets in the names of their family members, drivers, peoons etc.

Even though the parliaments passed the law back in 2017, FBR has not made the rules to implement the law.

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