KARACHI: Filing of income tax return is not mandatory for persons including widow, orphan and disabled persons for sole reasons mentioned in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.
Officials of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Tuesday said that the Section 115 of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 categorized persons, who are not required to file income tax returns.
It said that the following persons shall not be required to furnish a return of income for a tax year solely by reason of sub-clause (iii), (iv),(v) and (vi) of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 114 –
(a) A widow;
(b) an orphan below the age of twenty-five years;
(c) a disabled person; or
(d) in the case of ownership of immovable property, a non-resident person.
Sub-clause (iii), (iv),(v) and (vi) of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 114 are as under:
(iii) owns immovable property with a land area of five hundred square yards or more or owns any flat located in areas falling within the municipal limits existing immediately before the commencement of Local Government laws in the provinces; or areas in a Cantonment; or the Islamabad Capital Territory;
(iv) owns immoveable property with a land area of five hundred square yards or more located in a rating area;
(v) owns a flat having covered area of two thousand square feet or more located in a rating area;
(vi) owns a motor vehicle having engine capacity above 1000 CC
The officials said that any person who is not obliged to furnish a return for a tax year because all the person’s income is subject to final taxation under sections 5, 6, 7, 148, 151 and 152, sub-section (3) of section 153, sections 154, 156 and 156A, sub-section (3) of section 233 or sub-section (3) of section 234A shall furnish to the Commissioner a statement showing such particulars relating to the person’s income for the tax year in such form and verified in such manner as may be prescribed.
(4A) Any person who, having furnished a statement, discovers any omission or wrong statement therein, he may, without prejudice to any other liability which he may incur under this Ordinance, furnish a revised statement for that tax year, at any time within five years from the end of the financial year in which the original statement was furnished.
(5) Subject to sub-section (6), the Commissioner may, by notice in writing, require any person who, in his opinion, is required to file a prescribed statement under this section for a tax year but who has failed to do so, to furnish a prescribed statement for that year within thirty days from the date of service of such notice or such longer period as may be specified in such notice or as he may, allow.
(6) A notice under sub-section (5) may be issued in respect of one or more of the last five completed tax years.