Sales tax officers authorized to attach immovable property of defaulters

Sales tax officers authorized to attach immovable property of defaulters

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has authorized officers of Inland Revenue to attach immovable property of a sales tax defaulter for recovery of amount.

According to Rule 112 of Sales Tax Rules, 2006, attachment of the immovable property of the defaulter shall be made, by the recovery officer, by an order prohibiting the defaulter from transferring or subjecting the property to a charge in any manner and prohibiting all persons from taking any benefit under such transfer or charge.

In order to attach immovable property, a copy of the order of attachment shall be served on the defaulter.

The FBR said that the order of attachment shall be proclaimed on or adjacent to the property attached by affixing a copy of order of attachment at a conspicuous place and a copy of the same shall also be affixed at the notice board in the office of the Recovery Officer.

Sale and proclamation of sale

(l) The Recovery Officer may direct that any immovable property, which has been attached, or such portion thereof, as may be necessary to satisfy the demand note, shall be sold if the amount due is not otherwise recoverable.

(2) Where an immovable property is ordered to be sold, the Recovery Officer shall cause a proclamation to be made in the same manner as provided in rule104.

Contents of proclamation of sale

(1) A proclamation of sale of immovable property shall be drawn after proclamation of attachment and shall specify therein the time and place of sale and also specify—

(a) the location of property to be sold;

(b) as fairly and accurately as possible, the revenue or rent, if any, assessed upon the property or any part thereof; and

(c) the Government due for the recovery of which the sale is ordered.

(2) The proclamation may also specify any other thing which the Recovery Officer considers material for a purchaser to know in order to judge the nature and value of the property.

No sale of immovable property shall, without the consent in writing of the defaulter, take place until after the expiration of thirty days from the date on which copy of the proclamation of sale was affixed on the property or in the office of the recovery officer, whichever is later.

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