New Active Taxpayer List

By Published On: March 7, 20233.6 min readViews: 1362

New Active Taxpayer List

By Published On: March 7, 20233.6 min readViews: 1362
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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Monday issued updated Active Taxpayers List (ATL) for tax year 2022 including the names of those taxpayers who filed their income tax returns up to March 05, 2023.

The FBR issued the new ATL for tax year 2022 on March 01, 2023. This was the first weekly updated ATL issued on March 06, 2023 by adding the names of persons, who filed returns up to March 05, 2023 for the tax year 2022.

The number of active taxpayers in the new list issued on March 01 was 3.21 million. However, the number has been increased to 3.26 million in the updated ATL.

According to the new ATL the FBR included the names of 3.21 million taxpayers, who filed their income tax returns by due date or after due date till March 05, 2023 but with payment of surcharge.

In the previous ATL for tax year 2021 the FBR received 4.19 million taxpayers, who filed their returns till February 26, 2023.

The last date for filing income tax return is September 30 for taxpayers including salaried persons, business individuals, association of persons and companies having special year. However, for the companies having normal accounting year are required to file their annual return by December 31.

For the tax year 2022 the last date was extended repeatedly and finally it was concluded by December 15, 2022. Therefore, all those who had filed their return by December 15, 2022 are eligible for the ATL. Meanwhile, those are also eligible, who filed after the due date but have paid the surcharge.

According to FBR officials, taxpayers who had failed to file income tax return for tax year 2022 would not able to avail benefit of reduced rates of withholding tax from March 01, 2023.

According to the FBR, the ATL is a central record of online Income Tax Return filers for the previous tax year.

It further said ATL is published every financial year on March 01 and is valid up to the last day of February of the next financial year.

For example, Active Taxpayer List for Tax year 2020 was published on March 01, 2021 and will be valid till February 28, 2022. Similarly, Active Taxpayer List for Tax year 2021 will be published on March 01, 2022 and will be valid till February 28, 2023.

The FBR said that a person’s name will be part of the current ATL, if the Tax Return filed pertains to the Tax year of the relevant ATL. For example, to be part of the ATL published on March 01, 2021, a person must have filed a Tax return for the Tax year 2020. Similarly, to be a part of the ATL published on March 01, 2022, a person must have filed a Tax Return for the Tax year 2021.

Restriction on including a person’s name on ATL, if the person has not filed Tax Return by the due date specified by Income Tax authorities was introduced through Finance Act, 2018. For example, to be part of the ATL published on 1st March 2022, a person must file a Tax Return by the specified due date for the Tax year 2021.

However, through Finance Act, 2019 a person’s name can be part of ATL, even if the person has filed Tax Return after the due date specified by Income Tax authorities.

Furthermore, a surcharge for placement on ATL after due date of filing of Tax Return will be charged as under:

Person Surcharge (PKR)
Company 20,000
Association of Persons 10,000
Individuals 1,000

A company or an AOP shall be included in the ATL, whose return is not to be filed due to incorporation or formation after 30th day of June relevant to the Tax year pertaining to the ATL.

Joint account holders as an entity shall be deemed to be part of ATL if any of the persons in the joint account have met the criteria of being included in the ATL.

Bank account held in the name of a minor shall be considered part of ATL if the parents, guardians of the minor or any person who has deposited money in minor’s account are deemed to have met the criteria of being included in the ATL.

The late filers of Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2021 can pay “Surcharge for ATL” as defined under section 182(A) of Income Tax Ordinance 2001 by clicking on Tax Payment Nature “Misc” head in the PSID.

Only after the payment of surcharge will the name of the late filer become part of ATL, the FBR added.

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