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NAB causes $4.3m loss to nationwide exchequer with ‘hasty’ fee to Broadsheet

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The emblem of the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) might be seen on this illustration. — File picture
  • NAB paid $28.7 million fantastic with out deducting withholding tax 
  • FBR sends a discover to NAB for inflicting a loss to the nationwide exchequer
  • In line with Revenue Tax Act, NAB is liable to pay $4.3 million to FBR

ISLAMABAD: The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) has precipitated a hefty loss to the nationwide exchequer after it paid a fantastic to the Broadsheet LCC with out deducting the withholding tax quantity.

In line with Geo Information, NAB made a hasty resolution because it paid the $28.7 million fantastic with out deducting $4.3 million in withholding tax.

Reacting to the event, the Federal Board of Income (FBR) despatched a discover to NAB for inflicting a loss to the nationwide exchequer.

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Within the discover, FBR mentioned that earlier than a fantastic is paid, 15% withholding tax is deducted from the unique quantity. Now, in line with the Revenue Tax Act, NAB is liable to pay $4.3 million to FBR.

It’s pertinent to say right here that former president Pervez Musharraf had employed the UK-based agency Broadsheet LLC in 1999 to trace the property of Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto, and others.

Nonetheless, NAB terminated the settlement in 2003, following which the agency filed a case in opposition to it in UK’s arbitration courtroom. The courtroom had dominated in opposition to NAB in August 2016 and ordered it to pay the fantastic.

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