RTO-II Karachi seals Baklava Palace for integration failure

RTO-II Karachi seals Baklava Palace for integration failure

KARACHI: Regional Tax Office (RTO) – II, Karachi on Monday sealed a sweet shop i.e. M/s. Baklava Palace for failure to mandatory integrate with online system.

RTO – II, Karachi, an arm of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), while continuing its crackdown against non-compliant Tier-1 retailers, sealed the business premises of M/s. Baklava Palace, located at Khayaban-e-Shamsheer, DHA Phase V, Karachi.

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The RTO –II Karachi during its drive against non-compliant Tier-1 Retailers had sealed many other retail outlets including Dhamtal and Rafi Electronics.

According to officials at Zone-III, RTO-II, Karachi said that the tax office had already passed an order on January 01, 2022 against the Tier-1 retailer for mandatory integration.

“M/s. Baklava Palace (NTN 2668310-5) is conducting taxable activities as a retailer and comes under the purview of Tier-1 retailer as defined under clause (a) and (e) of Section 2(43A) of the Sales Tax Act, 1990.

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“As per 2nd provisio of Section 3(9A) of the Sales Tax Act, 1990, read with clause (2) of Rule 150ZEA of the Sales tax Rules, 2006, they were required to integrate their Point of Sale (POS)/retail outlet with the FBR’s computerized system for real-time reporting of sales in the mode and manner prescribed in Chapter XIV-AA of the Sales Tax Rules, 2006.

“The taxpayer is also included in STGO No. 16 of 2022 dated May 06, 2022. However, record shows that M/s. Baklava Palace has not integrated their POS / retail outlet till date,” the official told PkRevenue.com

All the Tier-1 retailers are required to integrate with the FBR under Section 33 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990. The RTO-II had warned the Tier-1 retailer that in case it failed to integrate in the manner as required under the Sales Tax Act, 1990 and the rules made thereunder, the business premises will be sealed.

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Under the Sales tax Act. 1990: it is an offence: “A person required to integrate his business as integrated under sub-section (9A) of Section 3, who fails to get himself registered under the Act, and if integrated, fails to integrate in the manner as required under the law and rules made thereunder.”

The penalties for the offence are included as:

(i) penalty of five hundred thousand rupees for first default;

(ii) penalty of one million rupees for second default after fifteen days of order for first default;

(iii) penalty of two million rupees for third default after fifteen days of order for second default;

(iv) penalty of three million rupees for fourth default after fifteen days of order for third default:

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Notwithstanding above, the business premises of such person shall be liable to be sealed by an officer of Inland Revenue in the manner prescribed.

Provided that if the retailer integrates his business with the Board’s Computerized System before imposition of penalty for second default, penalty for first default shall be waived by the Commissioner.