FBR to update major initiatives under agreement with traders associations

FBR to update major initiatives under agreement with traders associations

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to update major initiatives regarding small shopkeepers and traders on January 22, 2020.

A meeting of traders associations with FBR officials was held on Thursday at FBR House, Islamabad. Both the sides agreed on completing formation market committees within next two days.

It is also decided to hold a joint meeting on January 22, 2020 in which the FBR will announce major initiatives taken as per agreement signed on October 30, 2019.

Following is the 11-point agreement between the tax authorities and traders associations signed on October 30, 2019:

01. The tax rate shall be lowered to 0.5 percent from 1.5 percent for traders having turnover up to Rs100 million.

02. No liability on a trader having up to Rs100 million to collect / deposit withholding tax on transactions.

03. Threshold of annual electricity bill of Rs600,000 for mandatory sales tax registration has been increased to Rs1.2 million.

04. Turnover tax for sectors having lower returns will be revisted with consultation with traders associations.

05. Tax issues of jewelers will be resolved in consultation with jewelers associations.

06. The renewal license fees on middlemen will be revisited.

07. To resolve traders taxation issues a desk at FBR headquarters will be set up with immediate effect. A BS-20/21 officer will be designated to resolve the traders’ problems.

08. For new registration of traders a simple income tax return form in Urdu Language will be introduced. Trade associations will cooperation in FBR’s registration drive.

09. Which trader will be exempted from registration having 1000 square feet shop will be decided by traders committees.

10. The registration of those retailers engaged in wholesale business will be decided in consultation with traders community.

11. The FBR will take no action on sales transactions without CNIC information till January 31, 2020.