FBR develops sales tax risk-based registration system ‘RegSys’ to facilitate taxpayer

KARACHI: To facilitate the taxpayer the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has developed a new automated, risk-based registration system “RegSys” to further speed up the sales tax registration procedure, a notification said on Thursday.
The FBR said that the revision of application form for sales tax registration has been merged with income tax registration thus; a person can apply for both NTN and sales tax registration at the same time.
It is mentioned, “Multiple improvements have been made in this revised procedure to expedite registration while minimizing the risk of dubious registration.”
The FBR said that a person required to fill the online application form which is available on the FBR website. Applicant needs CNIC/Passport of owner, partners or directors, registration/incorporation certificate or partnership deed, bank account certificate, lease/rent agreement (in case of rented property) and owner documents of the premises, latest utility bills and list of machinery installed and scanned copies of the supporting document are to be electronically attached with the application.
A notification said, “In order to reduce visits of field staff to business premises, applicants are now asked to attach/upload digital GPS-tagged photograph of their business premises, machinery installed if any and electricity and gas meter as the case may be, using the electronic application verisite provided for the purpose.”
It said that Android based application is available on the website Google play and can be download on any Android-enable telephone.
“The applicants who are unable to file application online have the option to approach local registration office of their concerned Regional Tax Office for assistance,” it is notified.
“In case if the application is found incomplete or incorrect, objection memo shall be issued electronically to the applicant, allowing him a period of 10 days to remove the objections before the application is rejected,” it said.
The revenue body said that if the application is complete and all particulars are verified then registration certificate will be sent to courier services. And remaining application shall be sent to the concerned LRO for further inquiry which may be included physical verifications.
It said, “It is expected that substantial number of applications would be disposed of automatically through RegSys and facilitate genuine applicants and prevent undue delays and complaints about sales tax registration.”
The Body informed all RTOs and trade bodies are requested are to inform and assist the applicants for filing applications for registration under new procedure. It further added that any difficulty or problem may be brought to the notice of the board.

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