ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is likely to extend the last date for big retailers to integrate their point of sales (POSs) with the online system of the tax system owing to ongoing lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus, sources said on Wednesday.
The sources said that the last date was extended up to March 31, 2020 for Tier 1 retailers to integrate their POSs with the FBR provided that they had submitted their intention to commissioner Inland Revenue by March 15, 2020.
The sources said that due to lockdown in the many parts of the country in order to prevent spread of coronavirus the business activities had become stand still.
They said that big outlets and shopping plazas are observing closure during the lockdown and many of those big retailers would not able to make compliance.
Previously, the FBR on March 09, 2020 extended the date of online integration of Tier-1 retailers.
The FBR said that it had condoned the time limit as provided in Sales Tax Rules, 2006 up to March 31, 2020, for online integration of tier-1 retailers’ POSs with board’s computerized system for real-time reporting of sales.
However, this permission is subject to condition that the teir-1 retailers should furnish in writing their willingness to integrated all their POSs in terms of the rules to respective Regional Tax Offices (RTOs)/Large Taxpayers Units (LTUs) by March 15, 2020.
The deadline was expired on December 15, 2019 which was given by the FBR to tier-1 retailers to integrate their POSs with the FBR online system.
All tier-1 retailers are required to integrate all their POSs with FBR’s computerized system.
Tier-1 retailer is defined in section 2(43A) of the Sales Tax Act, 1990, to be a person who falls in any of the following categories:
(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 Rupees twelve hundred thousand;
(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.