Karachi Chamber rejects few-day extension for filing sales tax return

Karachi Chamber rejects few-day extension for filing sales tax return

KARACHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Thursday rejected extension of few days for filing sales tax and federal excise returns and making payments.

KCCI President Shariq Vohra, while referring to FBR’s Letter dated May 6, 2021, stated that the extension in dates of payment and submission of Sales Tax and Federal Excise Return for the Tax Period of April 2021 up to May 18, 2021 and May 21, 2021 respectively were not enough which have to extended to May 30, 2021 to facilitate taxpayers.

In a letter sent to Chairman FBR Asim Ahmed, President KCCI pointed out that the nominal extension in such dates for filing Sales Tax and FED Return will create difficulties for taxpayers as it takes time to get back to routine after observing extended holidays of Eid-ul-Fitr which will be starting from 9th May 2021 to 16th May 2021.

Hence, the business & industrial community may not be able to prepare and submit their Sales Tax and Federal Excise Return for the Month of April 2021 within the announced limited extension of just a few days.

He opined that the overall situation was not favorable for trade and industries as everybody was facing severe liquidity crunch nowadays due to very limited business activities whereas it appears that the government has announced prolonged holidays with an intention to keep the entire population at homes so that the ongoing third spell of COVID-19 pandemic could be controlled.

Keeping in view the overall situation, President KCCI requested FBR to extend the date of payment and submission of Sales Tax and Federal Excise Return for April 2021 up to May 30, 2021 in the larger interest of FBR and the Business Community while the relevant notification for extension may also be reissued which would be widely welcomed by the entire business and industrial community of the country.

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