KARACHI: A resident person having foreign income of above $10,000 is required to income tax return and wealth statement from tax year 2019 and onwards.
According to officials of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) the income tax return and wealth statement filing had been made mandatory for a Pakistani individual having foreign income above $10,000 or having foreign assets above $100,000.
The officials said that the law was introduced through Finance Act, 2018 and from tax year 2019 such persons are required to file their income tax returns.
Through Finance Act, 2018, Section 116A was inserted to Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, which stated:
Section 116A: Foreign income and assets statement.
(1) Every resident taxpayer being an individual having foreign income of not less than ten thousand United States dollars or having foreign assets with a value of not less than one hundred thousand United States dollars shall furnish a statement, hereinafter referred to as the foreign income and assets statement, in the prescribed form and verified in the prescribed manner giving particulars of—
(a) the person’s total foreign assets and liabilities as on the last day of the tax year;
(b) any foreign assets transferred by the person to any other person during the tax year and the consideration for the said transfer; and
(c) complete particulars of foreign income, the expenditure derived during the tax year and the expenditure wholly and necessarily for the purposes of deriving the said income.
(2) The Commissioner may by a notice in writing require any person being an individual who, in the opinion of the Commissioner on the basis of reasons to be recorded in writing, was required to furnish a foreign income and assets statement under sub-section (1) but who has failed to do so to furnish the foreign income and assets statement on the date specified in the notice.