Sellers must retain CNIC information for six years

ISLAMABAD: Sales tax registered persons selling goods are required to keep record of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) details for six years.

Sources in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said that the condition of CNIC against sales of goods had been implemented from August 01, 2019. “All the details of CNIC must be maintained by the suppliers for examination and scrutiny purposes,” a tax official said.

Under Section 24 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990, the records and documents must be retained for six years.

“A person, who is required to maintain any record or documents under this Act, shall retain the record and documents for a period of six years after the end of the tax period to which such record or documents relate or till such further period the final decision in any proceedings including proceedings for assessment, appeal, revision, reference, petition and any proceedings before an alternative Dispute Resolution Committee is finalized.”

The government through Finance Act, 2019 introduced significant changes to document the supply chain and made mandatory the information of CNIC on sales under Section 23 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990.

Section 23: Tax Invoices

Sub-Section (1): A registered person making a taxable supply shall issue a serially numbered tax invoice at the time of supply of goods containing the following particulars, in Urdu or English language, namely: –

(a) name, address and registration number of the supplier;

(b) name, address and registration, number of the recipient and NIC or NTN of the unregistered person, as the case may be, excluding supplies made by a retailer where the transaction value inclusive of sales tax amount does not exceed rupees fifty thousand, if sale is being made to an ordinary consumer.

Explanation. – For the purpose of this clause, ordinary consumer means a person who is buying the goods for his own consumption and not for the purpose of re-sale or processing:

Provided that the condition of NIC or NTN shall be effective from 1st August, 2019;

(c) date of issue of invoice;

(d) description including count, denier and construction in case of textile yarn and fabric, and quantity of goods;

(e) value exclusive of tax;

(f) amount of sales tax; and

(g) value inclusive of tax:

Provided that the Board may, by notification in the official Gazette, specify such modified invoices for different persons or classes of persons;

Provided further that not more than one tax invoice shall be issued for a taxable supply:

Provided also that if it is subsequently proved that CNIC provided by the purchaser was not correct, liability of tax or penalty shall not arise against the seller, in case of sale made in good faith.

Sub-Section (2): No person other than a registered person or a person paying retail tax shall issue an invoice under this section.

Sub-Section (3): A registered person making a taxable supply may, subject to such conditions, restrictions and limitations as the Board may, by notification in the official Gazette, specify, issue invoices to another registered person electronically and to the Board as well as to the Commissioner, as may be specified.

Sub-Section (4): The Board may, by notification in the Official Gazette, prescribe the manner and procedure for regulating the issuance and authentication of tax invoices.

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