FBR makes mandatory for big retail chains to share real-time sales data from December 01

FBR makes mandatory for big retail chains to share real-time sales data from December 01

ISLAMABAD: The big retail chains in the country will share their sales data with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on real-time basis from December 01, 2019.

In order to implement the decision the FBR issued SRO 1203(I)/2019 on Thursday to make amendments in Sales Tax Rules, 2006.

The revenue body notified mandatory integration of sales by Tier-I retailers.

As per notified rules, the FBR said that commencing from December 01, 2019, all Tier-1 retailers shall integrate their retail outlets with FBR’s computerized system for real-time reporting of sale.

According to the Sales Tax Act, 1990, the Tier-1 retailers have been defined as:

(a) a retailer operating as a unit of a national or international chain of stores;

(b) a retailer operating in an air-conditioned shopping mall, plaza or centre, excluding kiosks;

(c) a retailer whose cumulative electricity bill during the immediately preceding twelve consecutive months exceeds Rs600,000;

(d) a wholesaler-cum-retailer, engaged in bulk import and supply of consumer goods on wholesale basis to the retailers as well as on retail basis to the general body of the consumers”; and

(e) a retailer, whose shop measures one thousand square feet in area or more.

The FBR said that the sales of finished fabric and locally manufactured finished articles of textile and textile made-ups and leather and artificial leathers would be entitled to reduced sales tax of 14 percent if sales made through integrated outlets.

The FBR, however, warned that the integrated suppliers who were found to have tampered with the system would not be entitled to claim input adjustment and also not be eligible for reduced sales tax rate.

Further, the FBR would initiate legal proceedings against such activities besides imposing penalty and recovery of tax.

The FBR also amended the rules regarding sales made through social media portals, and said that such sales would have same treatment of sales tax in case reported through point of sale in real-time manner.