ISLAMABAD: The Finance Bill 2020 has proposed to amend Sales Tax Act 1990 and empower tax authorities to modify orders.
A new section 11C to the Act has been proposed through the bill, which is as follow:
“11C. Power of tax authorities to modify orders, etc.– (1) Where a question of law has been decided by a High Court or the Appellate Tribunal in the case of a registered person, on or after first day of July, 1990, the Commissioner or an officer of Inland Revenue may, notwithstanding that he has preferred an appeal against the decision of the High Court or made an application for reference against the order of the Appellate Tribunal, as the case may be, follow the said decision in the case of the said taxpayer in so far as it applies to said question of law arising in any assessment pending before the Commissioner or an officer of Inland Revenue, until the decision of the High Court or of the Appellate Tribunal is reversed or modified.
(2) In case the decision of High Court or the Appellate Tribunal, referred to in sub-section (1), is reversed or modified, the Commissioner or an officer of Inland Revenue may, notwithstanding the expiry of period of limitation prescribed for making any assessment or order, within a period of one year from the date of receipt of decision, modify the assessment or order in which the said decision was applied so that it conforms to the final decision.”