As Shabar Zaidi is on indefinite medical leave, government has started looking for someone else to be appointed as Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Five senior officers from the tax groups are in the run for the top slot, Dawn has reported.
Big-wigs in the FBR believe that delay in appointment of officers at top positions in the board has caused uncertainty within the tax department leading to massive revenue shortfall.
Meanwhile, a source in the Prime Minister Secretariat told the newspaper that government has almost finalised the appointment of Haroon Akhtar Khan as Special Assistance to Prime Minister on Revenue likely to be notified in the next couple of days.
The premier has tasked the incoming revenue adviser to remove all officers with tainted reputation and replaced them with competent and honest officers.
Soon after Mr Akhtar’s appointment, the source said, a major reshuffle is expected in the IRS and Customs Group. “The premier want an end to corruption within the FBR”, the source added.
At the same time names of officers that take rounds in the Prime Minister Secretariat for consideration to be posted as FBR’s new head include two officers from the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) and three from Customs Group (CG).