The Anti-Illicit Tobacco and Cigarette Unit working under the Inland Revenue Wing of FBR has successfully launched its wide ranged operations covering almost all segments of this evasion prone sector. In addition to enforcement activities audits have also been conducted identifying recoverable Duty and taxes over Rs 262 million.
During the last 6 months (July-December, 2012) of the current fiscal year, the intelligence and investigation arm of Inland Revenue at FBR unearthed tax evasion in the cigarette manufacturing and sales. Millions of untaxed cigarettes have been confiscated and the business concerns have been sealed. The confiscated cigarettes include both locally manufacturing and foreign brands. The last factory raided was M/s C.M Tobacco located in Mid Ranjha Sargodha, where 1,100,000 cigarettes were seized. The value of the cigarettes seized, on which duty has not been paid, is Rs 11,57,200. The machinery of M/s CM Tobacco has also been sealed.
In addition to the local cigarettes, details of foreign brands of cigarettes, seized in the last 6 month is as under: Name of Brand Seized Quantity of Cigarettes/Tobacco seized, Pine 770,000 Cigarette Sticks, Hi-Lite 50,000 Cigarette Sticks, Marlbro 30,000 Cigarette Sticks, Stanford 20,000 Cigarette Sticks, Oris slim 10,000 Cigarette Sticks, Red & White (Counterfeit) 40,000 Cigarette Sticks, Miscellaneous Foreign brands (Counterfeit) 180,000 Cigarette Sticks.
In order to raise awareness-level of taxpayers in the cigarette industry, an awareness campaign was also organised by FBR’s Intelligence and Investigation Directorate. The campaign was focused towards provision of information to Retailers/ Dealers/ Wholesalers through FBR’s web portal. The campaign also used print and electronic media, and notices to wholesalers / retailers of cigarettes. FBR is actively pursuing tax evasion cases in cigarettes, batteries, real estate and other suspected sectors.-PR