ISLAMABAD: After reports emerged that the Federal Revenue Board (FBR) is using a pirated version of VMware, the tax authority has announced that it will purchase a licensed version of the software.
Such software is used in One Customs (WeBOC) of Pakistan and in electronic filing of tax returns.
The issue was discussed during a recent meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs, Alice Wells, raising questions about intellectual property rights (IPR) violations in government departments.
“We have transmitted to the US authorities through the appropriate channel that the software will be purchased for use in WeBOC,” said a senior FBR official. Dawn Thursday.
He said an alternative software is available and that FBR has already removed it from the electronic filing of the tax return platform: Iris.
The official said Pakistan Revenue Automation Ltd (PRAL), a subsidiary of FBR, has requested quotes for the purchase of the software for use at WeBOC.
He said it will cost the government more to remove WeBoc software.
VMware provides software and services for cloud computing and virtualization. Your desktop software runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS, while the enterprise version hypervisor is for servers.
As part of IPR violations, the FBR has already received a reminder from the US authorities. UU. Requesting the purchase of software and avoiding the pirated version.
The official said that FBR requested to initiate an investigation on the subject. “We are making one on our own,” he said, adding that US authorities have only requested the purchase of the software.
As PRAL provides services to provincial revenue authorities, it will purchase the software with its own funds.
An official statement issued early in the evening stated that the software had been provided by a vendor and that it was integrated into different programs and that the authorities were unaware of the situation.
However, after being informed about the objective position, the FBR has asked its IT team to deal with the issues with the provider and start working on other options.
A solution is expected to be available to the FBR team within two months and has been transmitted to US officials, the statement said.
Reference: Published on Dawn, January 31, 2020