Consumers may not able to get 5pc sales tax rebate till FBR notification

ISLAMABAD: General public may not be able to avail 5 percent rebate on their purchases until a notification is issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

Through Finance Act, 2019 a new proviso has been added wherein customers of Tier-1 retailers are entitled for pay-back up to 5 percent of sales tax involved in the sales tax invoice.

This shall encourage the customers to demand sales tax invoice from registered retailers.

“However, these provisions shall be applicable when the Board so notifies,” said the FBR in instructions to Inland Revenue offices regarding enforcing changes to sales tax laws made through Finance Act, 2019.

The FBR informed the IR about changes made to regime of Tier-1 retailers.

These changes are included option to pay 2 percent turnover tax has been withdrawn.

Provisions relating to SRO 1125(I)/2011 under which zero-rate sales tax was available, have been omitted, thus subjecting textile and leather items to normal rate except for the integrated retail outlets for which the rate shall be 14 percent as per amendment in Eighth Schedule.
Another new proviso aims at expanding the scope of real-time integration beyond textile and leather. These provisions shall become effective when the Board so notifies.

After such notification, the input tax shall be reduced by 15 percent for retailers failing to integrate Point of Sales (POSs) in the prescribed manner, as provided in the newly inserted sub-section (6) in section 8B.

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