Nausheen Javed Amjad appointed FBR chief
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved to appoint Nausheen Javaid Amjad as the new chairperson of the Federal Board of Revenue, bringing an end to a two-month period of uncertainty that also partially dented tax revenues.
Nausheen is the second woman who will lead once the prestigious organisation of 25,000 people. She is the fourth chairperson of the FBR in the past 20 months, which indicates a lack of consistencies in taxation policies and strategies, as every new chairperson tried to run the FBR in his and her own way.
Nausheen belongs to Inland Revenue Service Group. The government has rightly decided to pick someone from within the FBR.
The government secured the approval of the new chairperson of the FBR from the federal cabinet by circulating the summary instead of bringing it in a regular cabinet meeting, which is already scheduled for Tuesday.
Nauseen faces the gigantic task to stop nosediving tax revenues, restructure the top FBR hierarchy within days and improve the tainted image of the tax machinery.
She will also have to address the issue of rampant corruption, particularly fresh reports of taking kickbacks by some officers in return of adding the names of taxpayers in the list of those who will receive tax refunds on a priority basis under PM’s COVID-19 relief package.
The cabinet also approved to prematurely terminate the two-year contract of Shabbar Zaidi as chairman FBR with immediate effect. In April last year, Imran Khan had handpicked Zaidi as his man to achieve the goal of collecting Rs5.5 trillion in taxes in this fiscal year and Rs8 trillion by the end of his term.