Sales Tax Act 1990: refund of input tax payable in 45 days

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is required to pay sales tax refunds to the taxpayers in 45 days from the date of filing claim.
According to recently updated Sales Tax Act, 1990 issued by the FBR, the Section 10 explained the refund of input tax.
Section 10: Refund of input tax
Sub-Section (1): If the input tax paid by a registered person on taxable purchases made during a tax period exceeds the output tax on account of zero rated local supplies or export made during that tax period, the excess amount of input tax shall be refunded to the registered person not later than forty-five days of filing of refund claim in such manner and subject to such conditions as the Board may, by notification in the official Gazette specify:
Provided that in case of excess input tax against supplies other than zero-rated or exports, such excess input tax may be carried forward to the next tax period, along with the input tax as is not adjustable in terms of sub-section (1) of section 8B, and shall be treated as input tax for that period and the Board may, subject to such conditions and restrictions as it may impose, by notification in the official Gazette, prescribe the procedure for refund of such excess input tax.
Provided further that the Board may, from such date and subject to such conditions and restrictions as it may impose, by notification in the official Gazette, direct that refund of input tax against exports shall be paid along with duty drawback at the rates notified in the such notification.
Sub-Section (2): If a registered person is liable to pay any tax, default surcharge or penalty payable under any law administered by the Board, the refund of input tax shall be made after adjustment of unpaid outstanding amount of tax or, as the case may, default surcharge and penalty.
Sub-Section (3): Where there is reason to believe that a person has claimed input tax credit or refund which was not admissible to him, the proceedings against him shall be completed within sixty days. For the purposes of enquiry or audit or investigation regarding admissibility of the refund claim, the period of sixty days may be extended up to one hundred and twenty days by an officer not below the rank of an Additional Commissioner Inland Revenue and the Board may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the aforesaid period which shall in no case exceed nine months.
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