FBR to track and trace cigarettes

FBR to track and trace cigarettes as revenue enhancement measure

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) plans to track and trace each cigarette pack, as the revenue body expects to increase its revenue from sale of cigarettes in Pakistan. A sector specialist is required as technical assistance to FBR for Track and Trace Study for e-stamping of tobacco products. Reportedly, tax evasion flourishes due to smuggling and non duty paid locally manufactured cigarettes being sold in the market. To avert this tax evasion it is intended to place a tax stamp on each cigarette pack with track and trace capability. This is seen as a globally accepted solution, which Pakistan also intends to introduce. No formal study is available on quantum of tax evasion from sale of cigarettes in Pakistan. Consultants will be the key resource on all technical matters on tax stamp for cigarettes and successful implementation of track & trace system in Pakistan. The consultant will work under the overall guidance of Project Director (Track & Trace) and ensure that project goals and objectives are realized efficiently and effectively. The expert will have updated knowledge of tax stamps' use, in cigarettes industry, and extensive experience of working in or with this industry and other government revenues. The sector specialist will assist in answering bidders' queries and in preparing the request-for-proposal (RFP) to preempt this tax evasion via tax stamp. The consultant will also assist FBR in evaluation of bids and in FBR's procuring this track and trace system in Pakistan and its implementation.
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