World renowned singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is once again under the radar of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The tax collection authority has launched a probe into the income which has been generated from all of the singer’s concerts abroad. The FBR has now requested the aid of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in order to assess Khan’s money trail.
A letter was sent from the FBR to FIA in which they have been asked to provide Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s travel history for the last six years. As per the letter, details of Khan’s foreign trips from July 1, 2014, to date have been requested. Khan’s representatives on the other hand have said that the FBR is yet to reach out to the singer. “We haven’t received any notice from FBR as of yet. We are currently looking into the matter,” Khan’s manager Muhammad Amir, told The Express Tribune.
This is not the first time the singer has come under the radar of FBR in regard to his taxes. Khan’s bank accounts were also seized back in 2017 over evasion of tax. At the time, the FBR had maintained that action was taken due to non-payment of income tax worth more than Rs3 million in 2015. Then earlier in 2011, Khan was called to the Lahore Regional Tax Office after his return from a foreign tour and informed by members of the FBR that he had not paid his taxes for the past five years despite the board’s repeated notifications.
Khan had pleaded ignorance of Pakistani tax laws and procedures and promised to file tax returns on time henceforth.