ICAP proposes restricting powers of Directorate General Intelligence and Investigation

KARACHI: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has proposed restricting powers of Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) as multiple powers of tax authorities are causing hardship for taxpayers.

The ICAP in its tax proposals for budget 2019/2020 said that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) through SRO 115 (I)/2015 dated February 09, 2015 conferred upon the Directorate General (Intelligence and Investigation), Inland Revenue, the powers of the Chief Commissioner/Commissioner:

— to exercise powers and perform functions under Sections 174, 175, 176, 177 (other than power to initiate audit), 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, Part III, Part XI of Chapter X, Sections 205 and 221; and
— to investigate Suspicious Transactions Reports (STRs) or other assets of persons or classes of persons impounded by any department or agency of the Federal or Provincial government and prepare/transmit reports to respective RTOs or LTUs for the purpose of application of Section 111 and for taking appropriate action under the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

The ICAP recommended that the law should be amended so that the authority of Director General Intelligence and Investigation is exercised only to investigate Suspicious Transactions Reports (STRs) or other assets of persons or classes of persons impounded by any department or agency of the Federal or Provincial government and prepare / transmit reports to respective RTOs or LTUs for the purpose of application of Section 111 and for taking appropriate action under the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 and should not exercise the powers under various sections of the Ordinance.

The creation of parallel authorities for the purpose of sections 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, Part III, Part XI of Chapter X, Sections 205 and 221 is causing problems to the taxpayers.

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