LCCI chief vows to solve traders’ tax problems
LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Mian Anjum Nisar said on Monday that the LCCI would take up traders’ problems regarding sales tax audits and property tax with the Central Board of Revenue’s coordination committee.
During his visit to the Brandreth Road market, traders informed the LCCI president about their concern over traffic jams, choked sewerage, out of order street lights, undue interference by tax officials and growing crimes against traders. Mr Nisar assured them that the chamber would talk to Lahore Nazim Mian Amer Mahmood and the departments concerned to solve their problems.
Mr Nisar thanked the traders for supporting him and told them that the LCCI would introduce discount cards for its members. “Rates for LCCI Internet users had been reduced from Rs 1,000 to Rs 600 per month and from nine to 5.60 rupees per hour,” he said. He said that Internet kiosks had been set up in the library and the chamber’s website was being updated on a daily basis.
Mr Nisar said his tours to various markets were to listen directly to the problems of traders. “Frequent interaction with traders will develop a sense of participation amongst the traders,” said the LCCI chief.
He asked the traders to report their tax problems to the convenor of the LCCI Standing Committee on sales tax. “The committee will take up tax related disputes with the Sales Tax Coordination Committee of the CBR,” he said.
Brandreth Road traders appreciated the LCCI role in promoting the cause of traders. They thanked Mr Nisar for highlighting their problems in the chamber magazine that prompted the district nazim to pay a visit to the market. The traders also urged the chamber to help reduce taxes on the tool industry.