FBR defers action against traders till September 30

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided not to take any adverse action under tax laws against traders till September 30, 2019 regarding information obtained through Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC).

FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi held a meeting with all groups of traders of Pakistan on Thursday at FBR and discussed various issues about the traders.

It has been agreed with consensus that no adverse action under the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 and Sales Tax Act, 1990 will be undertaken against the traders merely on the basis of information emanating from providing of CNIC under the Sales Tax Act, 1990 as required under the Finance Act, 2019 for traders till September 30, 2019.

There will be discussion between the associations and bodies of the traders for the finalization of Scheme for small shopkeepers for which drafts have been furnished by various trade bodies which will be taken into consideration by the FBR.

The condition of obtaining CNIC number for unregistered persons at the time of supplies by registered person was to applicable from August 01, 2019.

The condition has been proposed to be applicable from July 01, 2019 through Finance Bill 2019.

However, through Finance Act, 2019 this condition was to applicable from August 2019.

An amendment has been introduced through Finance Bill 2019 to Section 23 of Sales Tax Act, 1990 under which it was now required specifically to mention particulars on invoices in Urdu or English language.

Tax Invoice is also required to reflect CNIC Number of recipient in case supplies are made to unregistered person.

The Finance Bill 2019 also proposed to require a supplier of textile yarn and fabric to mention count, denier and construction, in addition to description, on tax invoice at the time of making taxable supply.

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