FBR sets up committee for developing sales tax return filing portal

FBR sets up committee for developing sales tax return filing portal

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Wednesday set up a committee for development and designing the single portal for filing of sales tax return at national level.

A notification stated that in pursuance of decision of the Chairman, the committee has been constituted for design and development of the Single Portal for filing of Sales Tax return across different tax jurisdictions with a view to enhance the ease of doing business in the country.

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The committee comprising of the following officers of FBR and technical resources of PRAL:-

1. Aamer Amin Bhatti Chief (Provincial Taxes), FBR (HQ), Islamabad: Chairperson of the Committee

2. Tariq Iqbal Secretary (Law and Clarification), FBR (HQ), Islamabad: Member

3. Faisal Sulaiman Senior Business Analyst, PRAL, Islamabad: Member

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4. Ms. Farheen Azhar Senior Manager (Commercial Projects), PRAL, Islamabad: Member

5. Shahid Sharif Manager (Development), PRAL, Islamabad: Member

The committee shall be at liberty to associate any resource from PRAL and field formations of FBR for consultation with different stakeholders- telecom service providers, tax bars, and Provincial Revenue Authorities (PRAs) as and when required.

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The committee shall complete the assigned task by June 30, 2023 for implementation of a single sales tax return for the tax period July 2023.

The terms of reference (TORs) of the Committee shall be as following:-

i. To study the As-is Process of filing of sales tax returns of FBR and PRAs;

ii. To identify the similarities and dissimilarities in the sales tax return of FBR and Provincial Revenue Authorities (PRAs), including the business processes, rules and controls therein;

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iii. To make consultations with all stakeholders, including but not limited to representatives of the of the tax payers, tax bar associations, and field formations of FBR and PRAs;

iv. To prepare design and supervise software development by PRAL;

v. To conduct user Acceptance Testing with the stakeholders for implementation of the single portal for filing of the Sales Tax returns; and

vi. To implement single return initially for telecom sector as a pilot project across FBR and Punjab Revenue Authority.