FBR issues SOPs for over-ruling objections on refund claims

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Wednesday issued procedure for over-ruling objections raised by Fully Automated Sales Tax e-Refund (FASTER) in order to facilitate taxpayers in obtaining their stuck up amount.

The FBR issued Sales Tax Circular No. 01 of 2020 / IR-Operations to unveil the Standard Procedure for Over-Ruling the STARR objections on Sales Tax Refund claims.

The FBR said that in order to bring uniformity into the system, and avoid discretion and delays in the processing of refund there is need to issue rules for the purpose at the national level.

Accordingly, in suppression of all previous instructions, SOPs and guidelines on the matter, the new procedure has been laid down. Under the procedure an officer not below the rank of additional commissioner-IR shall over-rule the objections raised by the electronic system after completion of all legal formalities and scrutiny of record of objections.

The FBR issued details of objections usually pointed out by the electronic system on which the tax officer may over rule.

The FBR, however, said that the refund claimant shall furnish soft copies of all the scanned documents which are under dispute requiring over-ruling.

The revenue body further said that where, result of automated processing of refund claims through FASTER or ERS, the claimants are not satisfied with the outcome of automated processing including calculation of refund or carry forward amounts or amounts deferred, the claimant may apply to the FBR through concerned chief commissioner for processing of the refund claim or revision of Annexure – H mentioning the reason.

After scrutiny of the written request of the claimant, the Chief (Projects & Refunds) may allow reprocessing of the claim or revision of Annexure-H for necessary corrections.

The FBR said that the procedure for over-ruling has become applicable with effect from August 01, 2020.

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