Reward to IR officials, whistleblowers on tax detection

Reward to IR officials, whistleblowers on tax detection

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has prescribed procedure for grant of reward to Inland Revenue officials and whistleblowers for detection of tax evasion.

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 72C and 72D of the Sales Tax Act, 1990:

72C. Reward to Inland Revenue Officers and Officials.– (1) In cases involving concealment or evasion of sales tax and other taxes, cash reward shall be sanctioned to the officers and officials of Inland Revenue for their meritorious conduct in such cases and to the informer providing credible information leading to such detection, as may be prescribed by the Board, only after realization of part or whole of a taxes involve in such cases.

(2) The Board may, by notification in the official Gazette, prescribed the procedure in this behalf and specify the apportionment of reward sanctioned under this section for individual performance or to collective welfare of the officers and officials of Inland Revenue.

72D. Reward to whistleblowers.– (1) The Board may sanction reward to whistleblowers in cases of concealment or evasion of tax, tax fraud, corruption or misconduct providing credible information leading to such detection of evasion of tax fraud.

(2) The Board may, by notification in the official Gazette, prescribe the procedure in this behalf and also specify the apportionment of reward sanctioned under this section for whistleblowers.

(3) The claim for reward by the whistleblower shall be rejected, if-

(a) the information provided is of no value;

(b) the Board already had the information;

(c) the information was available in public records; or

(d) no collection of taxes is made from the information provided from which the Board can pay the reward.

(4) For the purpose of this section, “whistleblower” means a person who reports concealment or evasion of sales tax and tax fraud leading to detection or collection of taxes, fraud, corruption or misconduct, to the competent authority having power to take action against the person or a sales tax authority committing fraud, corruption, misconduct, or involved in concealment or evasion of taxes.

(Disclaimer: The text of above section is only for information. Team PkRevenue.com makes all efforts to provide the correct version of the text. However, the team PkRevenue.com is not responsible for any error or omission.)

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