Syed Zafar Ali Shah
The prime function of the Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control Department remains collection of taxes and their regulation. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sets a revenue target at the beginning of each financial year and the Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa uses all its resources to achieve this target through the various provincial taxes levied by the government. The strategy to achieve the ends remains simple-voluntary tax compliance by the potential tax payers by creating a tax friendly environment induced through simplification of tax collection process involving information technology to the maximum.
The Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control Department remains committed to its defined goal and strategies based on improvement of governance at all levels. The department had come up with project of establishing facilitation centres at four cities (Peshawar, Abbottabad, D.I.Khan and Nowshera) where tax payers would be provided with one window operation in all matters from dealing with payment of taxes to collection of registration plates of motor vehicles by the owners. As no taxation measure could pay off without the presence of competent and motivated staff, the department emphasis is on recruiting the best brains as well as focusing on capacity building of the existing staff. Polices with regard to training of staff and incentivization are being formulated in consultation with Finance Department.
In pursuit of its goals and set milestones, the Department is discovering new avenues of resource generation while surveys and computerization are helping extension of tax net, levy of new taxes helps add additional funds to the provincial exchequer.