ISLAMABAD: Assessment oversight committees have been formed at all tax offices of Inland Revenue in order to settle the cases of taxpayers in expeditious manner, officials at Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said.
The committees have been formed following amendment made to Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 through Finance Act, 2020, which was recently approved by the National Assembly.
The committee shall comprise the following tax authorities having jurisdiction over the taxpayer, namely:
(a) the Chief Commissioner Inland Revenue;
(b) the Commission Inland Revenue; and
(c) the Additional Commissioner Inland Revenue.
A new section 122D has been inserted to Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 for agreed assessment in certain cases.
Under this section where as taxpayer, in response to a notice under sub-section of Section 122, intends to settle his case, he may file offer of settlement in the prescribed form before the assessment oversight committee in addition to filing reply to the commissioner.
The committee after examining the offer may call for the record of the case and after affording opportunity of being heard to the taxpayer, may decide to accept or modify the offer of the taxpayer through consensus and communicate its decision to the taxpayer.
Where the taxpayer is satisfied with the decision of the committee:
(a) the taxpayer shall deposit the amount of tax payable including any amount of penalty and default surcharge as per decision of the committee;
(b) the commissioner shall amend assessment in accordance with the decision of the committee after tax payable including any amount of penalty and default surcharge as per decision of the committee has been paid;
(c) the taxpayer shall waive the right to prefer appeal against such amended assessment; and
(d) no further proceedings shall be undertaken under this ordinance in respect of issues decided by the committee unless the tax has not been deposited by the taxpayer.
According to the amendment, where the committee has been able to arrive at the cons or where the taxpayer is not satisfied with the decision of the committee, the case shall be referred back to the commissioner for decision on the basis of reply of the taxpayer in response to notice under section 122 notwithstanding proceedings or decision, if any, of the committee.
This section shall not apply in cases involving concealment of income or where interpretation of question of law is involved having effect on other cases.
Further, the FBR may make rules regulating the procedure of the committee and for any matter concerned with, or incidental to the proceedings of the committee.