FBR developing software to eliminate bogus invoices: CTO Chief

FBR developing software to eliminate bogus invoices: CTO Chief

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is working to develop a new software which will eliminate flying / bogus invoices, Dr. Aftab Imam, Chief Commissioner, Corporate Tax Office (CTO) Karachi said during his visit to Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA).

The chief commissioner assured the exporters that all the issues of exporters will be resolved on top priority without delay, a statement issued by PHMA on Saturday quoted the chief commissioner as saying.

The chief commissioner stated that exporters may personally visit his office to meet and discuss their individual issues in order to resolve them. He stated after transformation to FASTER plus, the sales tax refund system was efficiently processing the claims. There were certain checks in the system which was necessary.

He said that CTO was playing its due role in policy making by communicating the matters and issues related to exporters by sending to the Board for implementation thereof.

Commenting on the Post Refund Audit notices, he added that all the income tax notices issued bear a barcode while the Post Refund audit notices regarding sales tax bear no barcode, however, they are valid notices.

The system is going through developmental phase and in next few weeks Post Refund Audit notices issued shall also reflect the barcode.

Replying to huge demand of documents in the notices, he opined that particular documents which are not available in the online system like stock and proof of payment should be given.

Responding to the requests of issuance of zero rated certificates, he informed that he has already written to FBR for the purpose. Upon confirmation, the requested certificates shall be issued on urgent basis.

Earlier Tariq Munir, Chairman (SZ), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Exporters Association welcomed the Dr. Aftab Imam, Chief Commissioner, Corporate Tax Office (CTO) Karachi who was accompanied by Zulfiqar Khokhar, Collector to PHMA.

Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Jawed Bilwani, Chief Coordinator & Former Central Chairman, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Exporters Association invited the attention of Chief Commissioner CTO-Karachi on burning issue of exporters related to Sales Tax Refund / Audit, Income Tax Refund / Audit, Zero Rated Certificate for reduced tariff of electricity and gas and other issues.

He was of the view that after a lapse of 16 months, after various consultative sessions, suggestion of exporters, FASTER refund system has been improved and also transformed to FASTER plus which is appreciable as the system is efficiently processing the refunds electronically up to 80 percent without human involvement.

Remaining 20 percent may have some issues of filing which after resolution shall also be processed on fast track.

He was of the view that due to speedy refunds increasing trend in textile exports is witnessed. He stated that several members have informed that still amounts are missed and deferred in the FASTER system which should be looked into and rectified. He proposed that total missing amount should be reflected in the Sales Tax Refund MIS.

Bilwani also highlighted the matter of Notices of Post Audit Refund of Sales Tax as well as Income Tax issued to exporters demanding huge documentation which is already available with FBR system and same should be done away with and only necessarily required relevant documents should be demanded because the entire textile export chain is documented.

He also urged that all the FBR Notices should have barcodes and should sent electronically. The exporters should be provided the facility to apply for zero rated certificate regarding reduced tariff of gas and electricity to FBR and same should also be provided electronically.

FBR and SRB system are linked and integrated. exporters are in practice to adjust WWF amount against income tax refund. Hence, the FBR should intimate to the SRB that the exporters have paid the WWF amount.

On this occasion, Abdul Jabbar Gajiani, Senior Vice Chairman, Bashir Ghaffar Vice Chairman, Khizer Mehboob, Chairman, Taxation Committee, Abdur Rehman Former Vice Chairman PHMA, Saleem Parekh, Qadir Bilwani, Ilyas Gigi, Advocate Arshad Shehzad, Tax Advisor presented and other member exporters through zoom participated in the meeting.

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