ISLAMABAD - FBR is organising two-day international workshop on “Accelerating Tax Reforms” on 23-24 February.Government of Pakistan with the assistance of World Bank is considering undertaking tax reforms as a way to increase revenues. This is a second phase of such activity by the two. The first phase of tax reforms supported by World Bank had concluded on 31st December 2011. The tax revenues at start of tax reforms in December, 2002 and at its end in Dec 2011 were Rs 404 billion in June, 2002 and Rs. 1882 billion in June, 2012. This next phase of tax reforms will look at areas, which were not done, in earlier phase of reforms.In order to prepare scope of this second phase of tax reforms, a two-day international workshop on “Accelerating Tax Reforms” will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday (i.e. 23-24 Feb, 2013) in Islamabad. International experts from outside Pakistan would also attend the two-day workshop in addition to senior officers from across the country. Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economics Affairs, Statistics & P&D, Senator Saleem H Mandviwalla will be chief guest at the inaugural session. Chairman FBR Ali Arshad Hakeem and senior officials from World Bank Islamabad will also participate.