KARACHI: A liquidator is required to inform Commissioner of Inland Revenue in 14 days of taking possession of an asset.
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) recently updated Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 which explained liquidators under Section 141 for recovery of tax from taxpayers in default.
Section 141: Liquidators
Sub-Section (1): Every person (hereinafter referred to as a “liquidator”) who is –
(a) a liquidator of a company;
(b) a receiver appointed by a Court or appointed out of Court;
(c) a trustee for a bankrupt; or
(d) a mortgagee in possession, shall, within fourteen days of being appointed or taking possession of an asset in Pakistan, whichever occurs first, give written notice thereof to the Commissioner.
Sub-Section (2): The Commissioner shall, within three months of being notified under sub-section (1), notify the liquidator in writing of the amount which appears to the Commissioner to be sufficient to provide for any tax which is or will become payable by the person whose assets are in the possession of the liquidator.
Sub-Section (3): A liquidator shall not, without leave of the Commissioner, part with any asset held as liquidator until the liquidator has been notified under sub-section (2).
Sub-Section (4): A liquidator —
(a) shall set aside, out of the proceeds of sale of any asset by the liquidator, the amount notified by the Commissioner under sub-section (2), or such lesser amount as is subsequently agreed to by the Commissioner;
(b) shall be liable to the extent of the amount set aside for the tax of the person who owned the asset; and
(c) may pay any debt that has priority over the tax referred to in this section notwithstanding any provision of this section.
Sub-Section (5): A liquidator shall be personally liable to the extent of any amount required to be set aside under sub-section (4) for the tax referred to in sub-section (2) if, and to the extent that, the liquidator fails to comply with the requirements of this section.
Sub-Section (6): Where the proceeds of sale of any asset are less than the amount notified by the Commissioner under sub-section (2), the application of sub-sections (4) and (5) shall be limited to the proceeds of sale.
Sub-Section (7): This section shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force.
Sub-Section (8): The provisions of this Ordinance shall apply to any amount due under this section as if it were tax due under an assessment order.
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