Notices for filing income tax returns of past 10 years may be issued

Notices for filing income tax returns of past 10 years may be issued

ISLAMABAD: Tax officials have been empowered to issue notices to taxpayers for filing income tax returns of past 10 years.

Sources in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said that there are many cases had been identified where persons had accumulated assets and making huge amount transactions but not filing their income tax returns and wealth statements.

The sources said that the tax authorities may invoke Section 114(5) of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 for the purpose to compel such persons to file their returns of past 10 years.

The Section 114(5) of the Ordinance stated: “A notice under sub-section (4) may be issued in respect of one or more of the last five completed tax years or assessment years.

“Provided that in case of a person who has not filed return for any of the last five completed tax years, notice under sub-section (4) may be issued in respect of one or more of the last ten completed tax years.”

Sub-Section (4) of Section 114 of the Ordinance stated that subject to sub-section (5), the Commissioner may, by notice in writing, require any person who, in the Commissioner’s opinion, is required to file a return of income under this section for a tax year or assessment year but who has failed to do so to furnish a return of income for that year within thirty days from the date of service of such notice or such longer or shorter period as may be specified in such notice or as the Commissioner may allow.

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