Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA)
Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) is a corporate body having perpetual succession and a common seal. It is headed by a Chairperson appointed by the Chief Minister on the basis of professional qualifications. Under the Chairperson are not less than four Members and a Secretary. Work distribution is on functional lines. Subject specialization is one of the main considerations for selection of Members and other officers or functionaries of PRA. Policy and other important work is carried out under the guidelines of the Advisory Council, which consists of the Finance Minister of Punjab, Chief Secretary, Punjab, Chairperson, PRA, Secretary, Finance Department and four members from private sector. Thus, PRA believes in the doctrine of inclusive tax policy formulation.
The “PRA model” has been designed on the pattern of an internationally recognized doctrine of SARA (Semi Autonomous Revenue Administration). The experiment of SARA model in developing world has generally produced very encouraging results.. PRA will work as a neutral tax law enforcement agency ensuring that government’s due tax share in economic activities is reaped to the optimal level. But meanwhile it will make its best efforts to create and maintain a wise balance between tax enforcement and tax facilitation.
PRA has its own vision, mission and values. It’s vision is to reach and stabilize itself at a level where it could ensure judicious revenue mobilization for sustainable development. To reach at such a visionary height, PRA is endeavoring to develop a durable system of modern and responsive tax management. In this regard, PRA is wholeheartedly committed to the internationally honoured values of “professionalism”, “fairness” and “trustworthiness”. To maintain the highest possible professional integrity standards, PRA is developing a very sound human resource (HR) policy to ensure pooling of the best available technical talent from multiple sources. PRA is not simply a name of an organization; it is an epithet of a philosophy of change on the horizons of fiscal administration.
PRA has commenced its functions from its headquarters in the provincial capital. It has a detailed plan to expand its physical reach in other divisional headquarters and major districts of the province. At divisional level, Commissionerates of PRA will be established with appropriate strength of well-trained manpower. Tax facilitation centres will be established in cities with sizeable taxpayers population.
Punjab Government has contracted arrangements with Pakistan Revenue Automation Ltd (PRAL) to provide information technology (IT) support to PRA during its formative phase. Sales tax on services will be received by the designated branches of National Bank of Pakistan, where PRAL’s infrastructural and technical support is available for the facilitation and assistance of the taxpayers in working out their assessments and filing their returns. PRA intends to make appropriate investments to develop its own IT capacity to serve its taxpayers in due course.
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