|Mr Ali Rahim|
President Income Tax Bar Association
Income Tax Bar Association, Karachi rejected proposed insertion of Rule 81B relating to Active Taxpayers List as it will affect every tax payer in the country.
In a communication to Federal Board of Revenue, it said FBR SRO 09(I)/2011, on January 6, 2011, after discussion by its members was rejected as functions and powers delegated under it negated available provisions contained in Income Tax Ordinance,2001. FBR record and data is not updated properly, web portal of PRAL faces numerous technical problems and unwarranted use of this law will be disastrous having negative impact on business activities of existing taxpayers.
Bar says taxpayer once suspended will have to run from pillar to post and their request will only be accepted when gratification is used. SRO will be considered a great tool to discourage existing taxpayers as harassment, highhandedness cannot be ruled out while exercising powers available in proposed Rule.
The Department, FBR failed to achieve task of broadening tax base and requested to shelve this SRO for time being, in the interest of country which is facing economic and geo-political challenges in the region, said Bar President Ali A. Rahim.