Income tax return filing may be allowed for a day or two

KARACHI: The income tax return filing may continue for next one or two days as last two days were on non-working days.

The FBR through Income Tax Circular No. 02 on March 15, 2019 extended the last date for filing annual returns for tax year 2018 up to March 31, 2019.

However, the last date is falling on Sunday and FBR had not arranged facility for making payment through banks.

Previously, the FBR planned to open the offices on March 29 and 30 to facilitate the taxpayers in making payment of duty and taxes.

However, State Bank of Pakistan issued a circular for facilitating payment by banks and NIFT on March 30.

According to tax experts the last date would be automatically moved to next date if the last date is falling on holiday under Section 10 of General Clauses Act, 1897.

Therefore, people would be allowed to file income tax returns on the next date of date filing automatically, if FBR does not further extend the date.

Previously, the last date of filing income tax returns was December 15, 2018, which was non-working day or weekend then the FBR allowed the return filing for another day.

Following is the press release issued by the FBR on December 15, 2018:

“Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has allowed filing of Income Tax returns until 17th December 2018 because of the weekend falling on 15th December which was previously announced as the deadline for filing of returns.

“The statement issued by the Official Spokesperson FBR says that a number of queries have been received about extension of last date of filing of return but the return filing date is not being extended any further.

“However, since the last date of filing of return falls on a non-working day, hence as per General Clauses Act the closing date for filing of Income Tax returns falling on 15th December 2018 as per previous announcement is automatically extended to next working day i.e. Monday the 17th of December.

“The tax offices will be extending help in filing of returns on Monday till close of office hours and the returns will be received electronically till 12 midnight.

Moreover, the Commissioners are also authorized to grant extension for a period up to 15 days on case-to-case basis. Although the receipt of return will not be blocked after due date, yet as per existing law, the names of persons who fail to file return by the closing date (or by the date extended by the Commissioners) will not be put on the Active Taxpayers List.”

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