ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue has exceeded its target for the first eight months of the current fiscal year (July-February) by fetching Rs2,916 billion against its desired target of Rs2,898 billion, seeing an increase of Rs18 billion.
As per the provisional collection figures, the FBR collected net revenue of Rs2,916 billion during the Jul-Feb period, which has exceeded the target of Rs2,898 billion. This represents a growth of close 6% compared to the Rs2,750 billion collected during the same period last year.
The monthly net collection for February was Rs343 billion against the required target of Rs325 billion, representing an increase of 8% over February 2019 and 106% of the target. The collection figures are likely to improve further when book adjustments are finalised.
On the other hand, the gross collections increased from Rs2,823 billion during this period last year to Rs3,068 billion, showing an increase of nearly 9%. The number of refunds disbursed was Rs152 billion compared to Rs79 billion paid last year, showing an increase of 97%. This reflects FBR’s resolve to fast-track refunds to prevent liquidity shortages in the industry.
The increase in revenue is a reflection of growing economic activities in the country despite the second wave of coronavirus. During March-June 2021, it is expected that this revenue performance will improve substantially compared to 2020 when economic activities were disrupted.
Meanwhile, the FBR’s efforts to broaden the tax base are also paying dividends as early signs suggest such efforts are bearing fruit.