Making reference against ATIR decision

Making reference against ATIR decision

Section 47 of Sales Tax Act, 1990 has defined making reference against Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue (ATIR) decision.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) issued the Sales Tax Act, 1990 updated up to June 30, 2021. The Act incorporated amendments brought through Finance Act, 2021.

Following is the text of section 47 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990:

47. Reference to the High Court.—(1) Within ninety days of the communication of the order of the Appellate Tribunal under sub-section (2) of section 46, the aggrieved person or any officer of Inland Revenue not below the rank of an Additional Commissioner, authorized by the Commissioner may prefer an application in the prescribed form along with a statement of the case to the High Court, stating any question of law arising out of such order.

(2) The statement to the High Court referred to in sub-section (1), shall set out the facts, the determination of the Appellate Tribunal and the question of law, which arises out of its order.

(3) Where, on an application made under sub-section (1), the High Court is satisfied that a question of law arises out of the order referred to in sub-section (1), may proceed to hear the case.

(4) A reference to the High Court under this section shall be head by a bench of not less than two judges of the High Court and, in respect of the reference, the provisions of section 98 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Act V of 1908) shall apply, so far as may be, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force.

(5) The High Court upon hearing a reference under this section shall decide the question of law raised by the reference and deliver judgment thereon specifying the grounds on which such judgment is based and the order of the Tribunal shall stand modified accordingly. The Court shall send a copy of the judgment under the seal of the Court to the Appellate Tribunal.

(6) The cost of any reference to the High Court shall be in the discretion of the Court.

(7) Notwithstanding that a reference has been made to the High Court, the tax shall be payable in accordance with the order of the Appellate Tribunal:

Provided that, if the amount of tax is reduced as a result of the judgment in the reference by the High Court, and amount of tax found refundable by the High Court, the High Court may on application by an Additional Commissioner authorized by the Commissioner within thirty days of the receipt of the judgment of the High Court that he intends to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, make an order authorizing the Collector to postpone the refund until the disposal of the appeal by the Supreme Court.

(8) Where recovery of tax has been stayed by the High Court by an order, such order shall cease to have effect on the expiration of a period of six months following the day on which it is made unless the reference is decided, or such order is withdrawn, by the High Court earlier.

(9) Section 5 of the Limitation Act, 1908 (IX of 1908), shall apply to an application made to the High Court under sub-section (1).

(10) An application under sub-section (1) by a person other than the Additional Commissioner authorized by the Commissioner shall be accompanied by a fee of one hundred rupees.

(11) Notwithstanding anything contained in any provision of this Act, where any reference or appeal was filed with the approval of Commissioner by the officer of lower rank than the Commissioner, and the reference or appeal is pending before an appellate forum or the Court, such reference or appeal shall always be deemed to have been so filed by the Commissioner.

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