It is disclosed by the Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht that the Punjab government wants to launch a mobile phone app for tax payments. For all the business-to-government (B2G) and public-to-government (P2G) payments, this app will be launched aiming to facilitate the citizens and improve revenue generation via an easy payment technique.
A joint meeting of the finance department and the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) at Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) office was chaired by the finance minister. In the meeting, he said that the Punjab Finance Department in collaboration with the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) will develop an application to ease the payment system in Pakistan.
He said, “The program will allow people of Punjab to pay taxes using three different electronic payment channels namely mobile banking, ATM and over the counter (OTC)”.
According to the minister, the app will provide an alternative option to the decade’s old payment system. The old system makes physical presence mandatory.
He said, “Those visits required customers to stand in long queues and wait for many hours to pay their taxes. Such practices indirectly encouraged bribery and corruption but the mobile phone application will allow customers to pay their dues from the comfort of their homes.”
In the first phase, 12 taxes will be collected from the Excise Department, Board of Revenue, PRA, Punjab Land Record Authority, and Industry Department. Token tax, motor vehicle transfer, property tax, etc will be included in the taxes collected.