Imprisonment for unauthorized access to tax system

Imprisonment for unauthorized access to tax system

Any person who knowingly and without lawful authority gains access to or attempts to gain access to the computerized system shall be liable for imprisonment as stated in Sales Tax Act, 1990.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) issued the Sales Tax Act, 1990 updated up to June 30, 2021. The Act incorporated amendments brought through Finance Act, 2021.

Following is the text of section 33(22) of the Sales Tax Act, 1990:

33. Offences and penalties.– Whoever commits any offence shall, in addition to and not in derogation of any punishment to which he may be liable under any other law, be liable to the penalty mentioned against that offence: –

22. Any person who,-

(a) knowingly and without lawful authority gains access to or attempts to gain access to the computerized system; or

(b) unauthorizedly uses or discloses or publishes or otherwise disseminates information obtained from the computerized system; or

(c) falsifies any record or information stored in the computerized system; or

(d) knowingly or dishonestly damages or impairs the computerized system; or

(e) knowingly or dishonestly damages or impairs any duplicate tape or disc or other medium on which any information obtained from the computerized system is kept or stored; or

(f) unauthorizedly uses unique user identifier of any other registered user to authenticate a transmission of information to the computerized system; or

(g) fails to comply with or contravenes any of the conditions prescribed for security of unique user identifier.

Such person shall pay a penalty of twenty-five thousand rupees or one hundred per cent of the amount of tax involved, whichever is higher. He shall, further be liable, upon conviction by the Special Judge, to imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine

which may extend to an amount equal to the loss of tax involved, or with both.

READ MORE: Penalties under Section 33 (15-21) of Sales Tax Act

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