FBR directs gas utilities to refuse commercial, industrial connections to non-ATL persons

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Friday directed gas utilities not to provide connection to unregistered persons or not appeared on Active Taxpayers List (ATL).

Chairman FBR Syed Shabbar Zaidi has sent letters to Managing Directors Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) wherein he has requested that consumers not present on ATL under Section 181A of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 may not be provided commercial and industrial gas connections.

Section 181 AA states: “Notwithstanding anything contained in any law, for the time being in force, any application for commercial or industrial connection, of electricity or gas shall not be processed and such connection, shall not be provided unless the person applying for electricity or gas connection is registered under Section 181A.”

Under this provision of law a person seeking gas connection should be on Active Taxpayers List of the FBR.

The chairman has stated in the letter that many users of commercial and industrial gas connection do not fall within ATL of the FBR.

The chairman has requested that the list of all persons using industrial and commercial gas connections be shared with FBR as soon as possible.

Moreover, intimation may be issued by the company to the users of such connections to comply with the aforesaid conditions laid down under the Income Tax law.

The chairman has suggested appointing a ‘focal person’ to coordinate with FBR for this purpose.

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