Immunity from audit against CNIC condition demanded

Immunity from audit against CNIC condition demanded

KARACHI: The business community has demanded the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to give immunity from audit against CNIC condition for tax year 2020.

In its budget proposals for fiscal year 2020/2021, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) demanded amnesty from audit against Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) condition for tax year 2020.

The FPCCI said that the condition of CNIC on unregistered sales was introduced in the Finance Act 2019 but it was not implemented in its true spirit because of various reasons.

The FPCCI highlighted that in July 2019 was initially exempted of CNIC condition through legislation.

From August 2019 to January 2020, the condition was relaxed through agreement between shopkeepers and FBR.

Thereafter, from late February 2020 till unforeseen future, there has been tremendous pressure on the markets due to complete lockdown of the whole country because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The FPCCI said that CNIC condition has been causing cashflow issues since its implementation which will further intensify during the current pandemic of COVID-19, especially for registered taxpayers.

Therefore, in order to facilitate the registered Taxpayer, a general amnesty through legislation is requested in the next budget regarding CNIC condition for the whole tax year 2020 starting from August 2019 to June 2020.