KTBA demands date extension for filing sales tax return

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been informed that many taxpayers were unable to file their sales tax returns for September 2020 as FBR’s web-portal was stopped functioning.

Muhammad Zeeshan Merchant, President, Karachi Tax Bar Association (KTBA) in a letter on Monday apprised Muhammad Javed Ghani, Chairman, FBR about the malfunctioning of FBR’s web portal, which deprived many taxpayers in filing their sales tax returns for the period of September 2020.

The FBR chairman was informed that KTBA members had faced immense problems in e-filing the monthly sales tax return for the tax period of September 2020 which was due on October 18, 2020.

Merchant said that due to non-working of FBR web-portal for the last few days and it completely stopped functioning on Saturday October 17, 2020 and Sunday October 18, 2020.

The KTBA president also highlighted that many of the CPRs which were paid by using ADC-payment option were not reflecting in banks folders and consequently taxpayers were unable to upload their tax challans and therefore were unable to e-file the sales tax return for the tax period ‘September 2020’.

“Our members are also upset because they were not even in a position to apply for extension either manually or online as there is no provision available,” the KTBA president said.

The FBR chairman has been urged to extend the date of e-filing the monthly sales tax return for the tax period ‘September 2020’ at the earliest to facilitate bar members and the compliant taxpayer to fulfil their legal obligation properly.

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