Tax assessment of persons about to leave Pakistan

Tax assessment of persons about to leave Pakistan

Section 145 of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 has explained the assessment of any person who is likely to leave Pakistan during the current tax year or shortly after its expiry.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) issued the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 updated up to June 30, 2021. The Ordinance incorporated amendments brought through Finance Act, 2021.

Following is the text of Section 145 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

145. Assessment of persons about to leave Pakistan.— (1) Where any person is likely to leave Pakistan during the currency of tax year or shortly after its expiry with no intention of returning to Pakistan, he shall give to the Commissioner a notice to that effect not less than fifteen days before the probable date of his departure (hereinafter in this section referred to as the ‘said date’).

(2) The notice under sub-section (1) shall be accompanied by a return or returns of taxable income in respect of the period commencing from the end of the latest tax year for which an assessment has been or, where no such assessment has been made, a return has been made, as the case may be, and ending on the said date, or where no such assessment or return has been made, the tax year or tax years comprising the period ending on the said date; and the period commencing from the end of the latest tax year to the said date shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be a tax year (distinct and separate from any other tax year) in which the said date falls.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-sections (1) and (2), the Commissioner may serve a notice on any person who, in his opinion, is likely to leave Pakistan during the current tax year or shortly after its expiry and has no intention of returning to Pakistan, to furnish within such time as may be specified in such notice, a return or returns of taxable income for the tax year or tax years for which the taxpayer is required to furnish such return or returns under sub-section (2).

(4) The taxable income shall be charged to tax at the rates applicable to the relevant tax year and all the provisions of this Ordinance shall, so far as may be, apply accordingly.

(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, for the time being in force, where on the basis of information received from any offshore jurisdiction, the Commissioner has reason to believe that such person who is likely to leave Pakistan may be involved in offshore tax evasion or such person is about to dispose of any such asset, the Commissioner may freeze any domestic asset of the person including any asset beneficially owned by the person for a period of one hundred and twenty days or till the finalization of proceeding including but not limited to recovery proceedings under this Ordinance whichever is earlier.

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