KARACHI: Karachi Tax Bar Association (KTBA) has approached Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) seeking inclusion of late filers’ names, who already applied for extension, in Active Taxpayers List (ATL).
[the_ad id=”31605″]In a letter to Chairman FBR Jahanzaib Khan, KTBA urged the Board to issue instructions for inclusion of the names of those taxpayers, who had duly applied for extension for filing of return of income and the rejection order of which was not passed by the commission, and they filed income tax return by the requested due date and also those taxpayers who are registered with FBR after June 2018 and are entitled for inclusion as per SRO831(I)/2015 dated August 21, 2015 in the ATL issued by the FBR.
KTBA letter argued the instruction will be in accordance with the true spirit of law and for the facilitation of taxpayers who fulfilled their responsibility as compliant taxpayers and will also encourage new taxpayers, consequently helping in increasing the tax base.
The tax bar further said that it cannot be considered reasonable that these taxpayers should be treated as non-filer for the entire next year equating them with those non-filers who did not even bother to file return at all.
Non-filers and late filers should not be treated in the same manner.
Under Section 182A of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 the taxpayers, who filed their returns after due date, have been denied to have their names into Active Taxpayers List (ATL) for tax year 2018.