The Punjab government has launched a mobile application to facilitate the public and improve the revenue collection through easy payment collection.
The ePay application would facilitate all the business to government (B2G) and the public to government (P2G) payments. The application is jointly developed by the Punjab Finance Department and the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).
The program will allow citizens to pay their taxes using three different electronic payment channels namely internet/mobile banking, ATM and through over the counter banking transaction. The application will also allow the citizens to generate a seventeen (17) digit unique PSID number that can be used to pay the necessary taxes thorough internet/mobile banking, ATM or visit any bank.
Punjab Minister for Finance Hashim Bakht, IT Minister Raja Yasir and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Azfar Manzoor attended the launching ceremony in Lahore. During the briefing, it said that it is Pakistan’s first-ever digital tax aggregator that provides an easy and reliable option to pay taxes/levies through alternative delivery channels and over the counter in all banks.
In a statement, the Punjab Information Technology Board said that it’s not just a mobile application but a terrific system that brings 12 taxes/levies and four departments on one platform, allowing the easiest and quickest medium to pay taxes/levies. It said that the integrated system of the ePayPunjab app will prevent incidents of corruption by minimizing human interference and facilitating tax payments.
In a circular released in Islamabad, the Federal Board of Revenue extended the deadline to file income tax returns and statements for the tax year 2019, revising it from September 30 to October 31 instead. The board said the people who, as of September 30, failed to file their income tax returns/statements are hereby allowed to file their returns/statements by October 31, 2019.
Similarly, it said that the companies that, as of September 30, failed to file their income tax returns/statements, though have paid ninety-five percent of the admitted tax liability, are hereby allowed to file their returns/statements by October 31, 2019.
COTTAGE INDUSTRY: Presiding over a meeting of the Punjab Small Industries Corporation in Lahore, Minister for Industries and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal said that the provincial government has decided to revive the cottage industry in all the thirty-six districts in phases.
The meeting reviewed strategy for the promotion of the small and medium enterprises and rehabilitation of cottage industry across the province. The provincial minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will soon inaugurate this programme for the revival of the cottage industry.