KARACHI: The Karachi Tax Bar Association (KTBA) on Thursday requested tax authorities to include names of late filers of income tax returns, who already applied for extension, into Active Taxpayers List (ATL).
The KTBA requested the chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to issue instructions for inclusion of the names of those taxpayers who had duly applied for extension for filing of return of income and the rejection order of which was not passed by the commission and they filed return of income by the requested due date and also those taxpayers who are registered with FBR after June 2018 and are entitled for inclusion as per SRO831(I)/2015 dated August 21, 2015 in the ATL issued by the FBR.
It said that the instruction will be in accordance with the true spirit of law and for the facilitation of taxpayers who fulfilled their responsibility as compliant taxpayers and will also encourage new taxpayers, consequently helping in increasing the tax base.
The tax bar further said that it cannot be considered reasonable that these taxpayers should be treated as non-filer for the entire next year equating them with those non-filers who did not even bother to file return at all and you will be agree that both should not be treated in the same manner.
Under Section 182A of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 the taxpayers, who filed their returns after due date, have been denied to have their names into ATL for tax year 2018.