Tax penalty reduced to half for making false statement

Tax penalty reduced to half for making false statement

ISLAMABAD: The tax authorities have reduced penalty amount to half on making false or misleading statement under various sections of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

Through Tax Laws (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 promulgated a day earlier, the penal amount under Section 182 for misleading or false statement has been reduced to 50 percent from 100 percent of the amount of tax shortfall.

Under Serial No. 10 of Section 182: any person who makes a false or misleading statement to an Inland Revenue Authority either in writing or orally or electronically including a statement in an application, certificate, declaration, notification, return, objection or other document including books of accounts made, prepared, given, filed or furnished under this Ordinance, then such person shall pay a penalty of twenty five thousand rupees or 50 percent of the amount of tax shortfall whichever is higher:

Provided that in case of an assessment order deemed under section 120, no penalty shall be imposed to the extent of the tax shortfall occurring as a result of the taxpayer taking a reasonably arguable position on the application of this Ordinance to the taxpayers’ position.

Through the latest ordinance, the penalty for misleading information under Section 114A has also been imposed. Section 114A is related to taxpayers’ profile.