KARACHI: Banks are required to provide certain details of their customers and transactions to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for subsequent use of identifying new taxpayers and tax evasion.
After the implementation of Finance Act, 2018 and Finance (Supplementary) Act, 2018 there are various changes made to Section 165A of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 related to furnishing of information by banks.
Section 165A: Furnishing of information by banks
Sub-Section (1): Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force including but not limited to the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 (LVII of 1962), the Protection of Economic Reforms Act, 1992 (XII of 1992), the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947 (VII of 1947) and the regulations made under the State Bank of Pakistan Act, 1956 (XXXIII of 1956), if any, on the subject every banking company shall make arrangements to provide to the Board in the prescribed form and manner,—
(a) a list of persons containing particulars of cash withdrawals exceeding Rs50,000 (fifty thousand rupees) in a day and tax deductions thereon for filers and non-filers, aggregating to Rupees one million or more during each preceding calendar month.”;
(b) a list containing particulars of deposits aggregating rupees ten million or more made during the preceding calendar month;
(c) a list of payments made by any person against bills raised in respect of a credit card issued to that person, aggregating to rupees two hundred thousand or more during the preceding calendar month;
“(d) a list of persons receiving profit on debt exceeding one million rupees for filers and five hundred thousand rupees for non-filers and tax deductions thereon during preceding financial year.”
Sub-Section (2): Each banking company shall also make arrangements to nominate a senior officer at the head office to coordinate with the Board for provision of any information and documents in addition to those listed in sub-section (1), as may be required by the Board.
Sub-Section (3): The banking companies and their officers shall not be liable to any civil, criminal or disciplinary proceedings against them for furnishing information required under this Ordinance.
Sub-Section (5): Subject to section 216, all information received under this section shall be used only for tax purposes and kept confidential.
Section 165B: Furnishing of information by financial institutions including banks
Sub-Section (1): Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force including but not limited to the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 (LVII of 1962), the Protection of Economic Reforms Act,1992 (XII of 1992), the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947 (VII of1947) and any regulations made under the State Bank of Pakistan Act,1956 (XXXIII of 1956) on the subject, every financial institution shall make arrangements to provide information regarding non-resident or any other reportable persons to the Board in the prescribed form and manner for the purpose of automatic exchange of information under bilateral agreement or multilateral convention.
Sub-Section (2): All information received under this section shall be used only for tax and related purposes and kept confidential.”
Sub-Section (3): For the purpose of this section, the terms “reportable person” and “financial institution” shall have the meaning as provided in Chapter XIIA of the Income Tax Rules, 2002.