Finance Act 2020: Commissioner empowered to cancel exemption certificate

ISLAMABAD: A commissioner of Inland Revenue has been authorized to cancel or modify exemption certificate issued automatically by online system IRIS.

Through Finance Act, 2020 amendment has been made to Section 153 of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

As per the amendment the commissioner of Inland Revenue of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is required to issue certificate to taxpayer within prescribed time frame. However, if application is filed by taxpayer and commissioner fails to take action than the IRIS will automatically issue certificate to the taxpayer.

However, the commissioner is empowered to modify or cancel the certificate on reasonable ground.

The amendment in this regard is as:

“Provided that the Commissioner shall issue certificate for payment under clause (a) of sub-section (1) without deduction of tax within fifteen days of filing of application to a public company listed on a registered stock exchange in Pakistan if advance tax liability has been discharged.

“Provided further that the Commissioner shall be deemed to have issued the exemption certificate upon the expiry of fifteen days to the aforesaid public listed company and the certificate shall be automatically processed and issued by Iris:

“Provided also that the Commissioner may modify or cancel the certificate issued automatically by IRIS on the basis of reasons to be recorded in writing after providing an opportunity of being heard.”

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