FBR Withdraws Tax Audit Notices

By Published On: January 17, 20231.6 min readViews: 681

FBR Withdraws Tax Audit Notices

By Published On: January 17, 20231.6 min readViews: 681
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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has withdrawn tax audit notices to taxpayers, who were selected for audit once in last four years.

Hyder Ali Dharejo, Chief Commissioner, Regional Tax Office – I, Karachi, informed this at a recent meeting with members of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA).

Dharejo informed that the tax notices are issued only once in four years and the notices issued to individuals or companies more than one time in four years are withdrawn.

Recently, Karachi Tax Bar Association (KTBA) protested strongly on the issuance of audit notices.

In a letter sent to Afaque Ahmed Qureshi, Member Inland Revenue (IR) – Policy, the tax bar informed that an unwarranted practice being undertaken by certain a Commissionerates in Karachi jurisdiction whereby they are sending audit notices, despite the legal position that Income Tax Audit cannot be carried out if it has already been carried out in the last four years.

The provisions are contained under clause 105A, Part-IV, Second Schedule of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001, wherein the taxpayer has been made eligible to claimexemption from Income Tax Audit both under Sections 177 and 214C of the Ordinance.

The tax bar further stated that Clause 105A, Part-IV, Second Schedule to the Ordinance was inserted through the latest Finance Act, 2022 and provides for restriction on frequent audit proceedings undertaken by the department.

The clause 105A of the Ordinance is read as: “The provisions of section 177 and 214C shall not apply to a person whose income tax affairs have been audited in any of the preceding four tax years:

“Provided that the Commissioner may select a person under section 177 for audit with approval of the Board.”

A bare reading of the above plainly suggests that Income Tax Audit under the Ordinance shall be conducted only for once in five (5) years. This has been provided for in very clear words completely unconditionally without and any exception.

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