FBR directs withholding agents to clearly mention CNIC of non-ATL persons

KARACHI: Withholding agents have been directed to clearly mention the Computerized Identity Card Number (CNIC) of persons whose amounts have been withheld under various transactions.

The withholding agents have been directed to provide CNIC particularly those persons who are not appearing on the Act Taxpayers List (ATL).

Sources in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said that withholding agents will submit biannual statement related to transactions for the period July – December 2019 during this month.

The FBR officials said that the withholding agents will clearly specify the names, CNIC or any other identification of such persons in the withholding statement so that legal provisions to enforce return can come into effect.

Where a withholding agent is of the opinion that hundred percent increased tax is not required to be collected on the basis that the person was not required to file return, the withholding agent shall furnish an intimation to the Commissioner setting out the basis on which the person is not required to file return.

The Commissioner shall accept or reject the contention on the basis of existing law. In case the Commissioner fails to respond within thirty days, permission shall be deemed to be granted to not deduct tax at hundred percent increased rate.

Where the person’s tax has been deducted or collected at hundred percent increased rate and the person fails to file return of income for the year for which tax was deducted, the Commissioner shall make a provisional assessment within sixty days of the due date for filing of return by imputing income so that tax on imputed income is equal to the hundred percent increased tax deducted or collected from such person and the imputed income shall be treated as concealed income.

The provisional assessment shall be of no effect if the person files return within forty five days of completion of provisional assessment and the provisions of the Ordinance shall apply accordingly.

Where return is not filed within forty five days of provisional assessment, it shall be treated as final assessment and the Commissioner shall initiate penalty proceedings for concealment of income.

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