Taxpayers unable to file annual returns as FBR’s website goes offline

KARACHI: Taxpayers are not able to file their annual income tax returns for tax year 2019 as official portal of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is remained offline for past several hours on Wednesday.

The taxpayers, who failed to avail past timelines for filing their income tax returns for tax year, were trying to open the FBR’s online e-filing portal since morning but they were unable to access the portal to discharge their liability.

The FBR’s website was remaining offline till 4:50pm. FBR officials said that the website was offline for the past five to six hours.

It is worth mentioning that the last date for filing income tax returns is February 28, 2020.

The actual date for filing income tax for tax year 2019 was September 30, 2019 for salaried, business and Association of Persons (AOPs). For the companies the last date was December 31, 2019. However, the FBR extended the date for all taxpayers up to February 28, 2020.

Sources in the FBR said that the tax machinery was trying to bring the website online as soon as possible. However, they were unable to explain the error.

With the stoppage of the portal all the official work done online was also affected. Sources in local tax offices said that everything related to the portal was not responding.

The sources said that the FBR may not extend the last date for filing income tax returns despite non-operation of the official portal of the FBR.

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