ISLAMABAD - FBR has started preparing an organisational framework for the proposed Inland Revenue Service (IRS) and the customs group that will be set up as part of the reforms process under way in FBR. According to the official statement as part of these measures, a special presentation was given to Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin who visited the FBR Headquarters recently to attend the DGs Conference. The minister appreciated the work done so far and called for its early completion to achieve the desired targets of the reforms programme. The new service will be set up through an Act of the Parliament and replace the existing set-up, paving the way for a fully integrated tax administration of sales tax, excise and income tax in line with recommendations and aspirations of the stakeholders. Sources told TheNation that WB had linked the extension of two years Tax Administration Reform Project (TARP) with the establishment of IRS before September this year. FBR has moved summary in this regard, which is likely to be approve after Eid, source added. Sources further told that after merging sales tax, income tax and custom duty into IRS, employees of these three major taxes would choose option either to work in the new group or to continue under already mechanism. According to the official statement, the renewed focus on the human resource management is also reflected in the appointment of a director general to head the all-important HRM Wing, which was previously overseen by a chief. The move has resulted in various measures to reform and restructure the existing work processes with a view to enhance the quality of skill sets and creating a performance-based reward system. Some of the measures that have been taken in recent days include constitution of various teams to oversee progress of work on issues related to integration, preparation of new job descriptions, new performance evaluation reports, new performance-based bonus/reward scheme and the market-based salaries for which a survey is already under way to determine the extent of wages on offer in the private and public sector organisations. Similarly, the HRM Wing has also started conducting various orientation/training workshops for the officers of both income tax and customs & excise groups. Such workshops are already under way at the Directorates of Training in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad respectively.