FBR urged to defer CNIC condition for six months

KARACHI: Business community has urged Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to defer CNIC condition on purchases above Rs50,000 for at least six months.

In a statement Saquib Fayyaz Magoon, Convener of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) standing committee on Sales Tax and Chairman Indenters Association of Pakistan (IAOP), urged Government to pay attention on economic crises due to lockdown for prevention of coronavirus pandemic and has demanded Prime Minister to defer CNIC Condition for 6 months on sale of goods to unregistered persons in view of the current economic crisis.

Magoon Said due to situation caused by the coronavirus, all payments to exporters have been stopped and export orders canceled while the economic activities have also stopped. While there has been a severe crisis of cash flow in the market, therefore, by defer the condition of the CNIC will improve the cash flow situation, otherwise there will be another major financial crisis.

He also requested the government to accept sales tax returns without CNIC and said that in the current economic crisis, now we will depend largely on the local consumer industry, who are already in crisis due to the CNIC condition.

Prime Ministers adviser on commerce Abdul Razzaq Dawood in which he assured that cash flow would not be affected by the Coronavirus.

So if he wants the cash flow not affected then CNIC Condition must defer for minimum six months so that business activities can be restored as usual.

Magoon pointed to the difficulties facing the businessman community over the ban on courier companies due to the lockdown, said the original document of import shipment could not be reached in the banks.

So as long as the lockdown is in place, the State Bank should issue clear instructions to the banks that the EIF be approved on the copy of the document to ensure uninterrupted clearance of imported goods. Because the original documents are required for EIF approval.

Due to not being provided original documents is causing constraints and importers are not able to file a GD which is causing consignment storage and shed charges.

Saquib Fayyaz Magoon appealed the Prime Minister Imran Khan that in view of the serious situation caused by the coronavirus, a directive should be issued to the State Bank that the EIF be approved on the copy of the document at the time of payment by the importers to the banks.

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