President Alvi Orders FBR to Address Issues of Tax Declarants Under Amnesty Scheme

The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, has issued an order in desire of the declarants of the Tax Amnesty Scheme 2019 (assets declaration scheme) who had deposited a tax of billions of rupees beneath neath the Tax Amnesty Scheme 2019 (assets declaration scheme) but were not able to add their declarations at the cut-off date of three July 2019 because of the failure of the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) IT machine.


He has directed the FBR to take instant measures to clear up the problem of the submitting of declarations by the aggrieved persons who had deposited a tax of billions of rupees beneath neath the Tax Amnesty Scheme 2019.

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In this regard, Dr. Alvi has upheld the order of the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) and disposed of the appeals/representations referred by the FBR in opposition to the landmark order issued through the FTO. He has also mentioned Section 17 of the Assets Declaration Ordinance beneath neath which the federal government can clear up the problem and dispose of the difficulties. Despite the reality that the declarants had deposited billions of rupees years ago, the FBR has now no longer resolved the problem of the taxpayers, the president’s order introduced.


He declared withinside the order that the problem was because of a machine failure and now no longer a planned act on the behalf of the FBR officers, and introduced that it would now no longer be truthful to keep the FBR’s officers answerable for the failure of the machine. The FTO’s order said that it turned into the duty of the branch to maintain the machine walking smoothly until the ultimate minute but it had alas didn't cater to the desires of the declarants. The well-known public has suffered due to the insufficient preparations made through the FBR to address the predicted load on its machine.

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Previously, the FTO had directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to facilitate thousands of taxpayers withinside the submitting of declarations under the amnesty scheme (Assets Declaration Ordinance, 2019) who had deposited billions of rupees as tax but had been not able to add their declarations at the ultimate date on three July 2019 because of the failure of the FBR’s IT machine. In this regard, it had issued a landmark judgment (0011/OM/2020) to present relief to the aggrieved persons who had availed of the amnesty scheme.


The FTO has also recommended that the FBR make preparations and facilitate the submitting of declarations in respect of all the aggrieved persons by invoking the provisions of the Income Tax Ordinance, replace the IT machine of the FBR (which calls for an intensive overview and green improvement), and file compliance within 45 days.

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The branch had didn't save you this example in which the era of CPR should have been subject to the importing of the declarations. In this example, no such anomaly could have arisen whereby thousands of declarants who had paid billions of rupees in taxes could have been misled. Again, the gravity of the scenario had not been evaluated because the tax thus deposited turned into neither refundable nor adjustable, the FTO said.


The branch’s emphasis on the tax chargeable of the declaration was now no longer the requirement of the Ordinance, which seems to be vague.

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