IR offices to observe extended working hours for collection

IR offices to observe extended working hours for collection

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued a directive for the extension of working hours at Inland Revenue (IR) offices on April 29 and 30, 2022 (Friday and Saturday) for revenue collection.

This decision is part of the FBR’s ongoing efforts to enhance convenience for taxpayers and streamline tax collection processes.

The FBR, through an office memorandum issued on Friday, instructed chief commissioners of key tax offices, including Large Taxpayers Offices (LTOs), Medium Taxpayers Office (MTO), Corporate Tax Offices (CTOs), and Regional Tax Offices (RTOs), to observe extended working hours on the specified dates.

According to the memorandum, all LTOs, MTO, CTOs, and RTOs are mandated to remain open and observe extended working hours until 5:00 PM on both Friday, April 29, 2022, and Saturday, April 30, 2022. This extension aims to accommodate taxpayers who may need to settle their outstanding duties and taxes during this period.

The decision to extend working hours reflects the FBR’s commitment to providing accessibility and convenience to taxpayers, especially as the financial year-end approaches. By allowing additional time for tax-related transactions, the FBR aims to ensure a smoother and more efficient tax collection process, reducing potential bottlenecks and enhancing overall taxpayer experience.

Taxpayers are encouraged to take advantage of the extended working hours to visit the respective tax offices for the payment of duties and taxes or any other tax-related queries. The move is expected to mitigate the rush and long queues that often accompany the end of the financial year, allowing taxpayers to fulfill their obligations in a timely and hassle-free manner.

The FBR’s proactive approach in creating a taxpayer-friendly environment aligns with broader efforts to encourage compliance and boost revenue collection. By implementing measures that enhance accessibility and convenience, the FBR aims to foster a culture of voluntary tax compliance and strengthen the overall tax administration system.

As the tax offices extend their working hours, taxpayers are urged to plan their visits accordingly and utilize the additional time provided for any necessary tax-related transactions. The FBR, through such initiatives, aims to bridge the gap between taxpayers and tax authorities, fostering a collaborative approach toward sustainable economic development.