ISLAMABAD     -    The Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) has established a free of cost helpline to provide fast and reliable service to the public. According to an FBR press statement issued here Saturday, the helpline not only educates the public but also provides them a forum through which the public could put forward their queries and seek resolution to most of their issues via phone, email or website.

The Helpline team has been at the forefront in resolving issues that come up from time to time such as payment of Surcharge for ATL, guidance for newly launched Online Sales Tax Registration application, guidance for newly launched Biannual Income Tax Withholding Statement, guidance for ST Returns launched for the new financial year. The Helpline has been providing services to the public in two shifts but provided 24/7 facilitation during the Asset Declaration Scheme, the press statement added. Furthermore, the helpline representatives were also providing all possible support to the taxpayers in ensuring that they were easily able to navigate various Transactional portals such as Income Tax portal (Iris) etc.

The FBR Helpline utilizes international standard Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System, which ensures availability of three (3) tier support lines ensuring that FBR Helpline promptly resolves Taxpayer issues. Taxpayers are provided a case number for each complaint lodged and resolution of the case is ensured within 24 hours of the complaint lodged. Cases of complex nature which require legal and technological modification in the system are resolved within 3 days of the lodged complaint. The success of FBR Helpline can be gauged from the fact that number of tax return filers increased to 2.6 million from 1.9 million in one year which is expected to be increased to 5 million in next two years.

The statement added that the Board is committed towards bringing about a Service Oriented Culture – geared towards resolving challenges faced by investors and taxpayers, helping to improve the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB).