KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has announced the introduction of the “Pakistan Honour Card” scheme, effective immediately for the tax year 2023. This prestigious program is designed to recognize and reward the nation’s top taxpayers.

The Pakistan Honour Card scheme, unveiled during the ‘Tax Excellence Award’ ceremony presided over by the Prime Minister on March 26, 2024, targets taxpayers who have demonstrated exemplary compliance and contribution in various categories. These categories include leading exporters, sector-wise top exporters in areas such as chemical and food products, and those dealing in non-traditional and innovative products like information technology.

Eligibility for the Honour Card is contingent upon meeting specific criteria, including full payment of taxes based on returns or final taxation statements, no outstanding affairs or current demands unless legally disputed or stayed, and no pending criminal proceedings.

Cardholders will enjoy a suite of privileges, including access to CIP/VP lounges at airports (excluding airline-managed lounges), fast-track immigration clearance, issuance of official passports, and an exclusive invitation to an annual dinner hosted by the Prime Minister.

The selection of recipients is meticulously carried out based on data provided by the Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL) and verified by the FBR’s field formations. The privileges granted under this scheme will be valid for one year from the card’s issuance date, marking a significant acknowledgment of the contributions made by these distinguished taxpayers to the economic fabric of Pakistan.