Commissioner empowered to cancel business license

ISLAMABAD: The commissioner of Inland Revenue has been empowered to cancel business license of person on violation of tax laws.

An amendment has been made to Section 181D of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 through Tax Laws (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 to empower commissioner to impose fine and penalty and cancel business license.

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in salient features to tax amendment ordinance said that in order to document business activity section 181D of the Ordinance was inserted through the Finance Act, 2019 whereby it was made mandatory for every person engaged in any business, profession or vocation to obtain and display a business license as prescribed by the board.

In order to complement efforts towards implementation of this scheme the Commissioner is being empowered to impose a fine of Rs.20,000/- in the case of a taxpayer deriving income chargeable to tax under the Ordinance and Rs.5,000/- in all other cases.

Moreover, the Commissioner shall also be empowered to cancel a business license after providing an opportunity of being heard if a person fails to notify any change in particulars within 30 days of such change or if a person is convicted of any offence under any Federal Tax Law.

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