ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has said that its IT system is functioning smoothly and no date will further be extended.
The FBR in a tweet message said advised all taxpayers both old and new taxpayers to avail the 15-day extension and must file the annual return.
It is pertinent to mention here that the FBR extended the date for filing annual return for tax year 2021 from September 30, 2021 to October 15, 2021.
The FBR issued Circular No. 08 of 2021 to extend the last date for further 15 days. Prior to this the FBR repeatedly advised the taxpayers to file their annual returns and no date would be extended.
The Karachi Tax Bar Association (KTBA) and other business associations had asked the FBR to extend the date for filing income tax returns as IRIS – the online return filing portal – had technical errors. The FBR also dismissed such assumptions and said its system was running seamlessly.
On the day of the last date, a delegation of business community from Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) met Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin and apprised him about the technical glitches in the online system. The finance minister on the request of Karachi Chamber announced date extension on spot.
The FBR in its circular for date extension admitted serious technical issues in the IT system, which caused date extension.
However, with the instant message the FBR made it clear that date would not be extended beyond October 15, 2021 as all the IT system errors have been fixed.