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A case of fake income tax exemption certificate at Faisalabad has prompted the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to initiate country-wide investigation against units involved in submitting bogus certificates, requesting payments for providing services without deduction of tax, under section 153 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has held that passing of 'non- speaking order' by the Commissioner (Appeals) was considered maladministration under the FTO Ordinance, as FTO had jurisdiction to entertain complaints of maladministration at any level of the hierarchy constituted under Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 including Commissioner Appeals.
The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) in a decision ruled senior Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) functionaries have resorted to misuse their power by issuing unlawful circular/SROs even contradicting their own clarifications/explanations for malafide and improper motives.
Growing conflicts among customs intelligence officers to show dominance is creating an unfriendly environment for genuine businessmen; it is learnt here on Saturday. According to sources, Field Intelligence Unit (FIU), Hyderabad on the information of Director General, DGI&I, Islamabad had seized oil tanker - TLW-698, carrying 60, 000 liters diesel on July 20.
The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) office has provided a major relief to a taxpayer in a unique case where the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was reluctant to issue sales tax refund of Rs 539,083,271 despite relief allowed in an appeal by the Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue (ATIR). Sources told Business Recorder here on Saturday that the FTO annual report of 2013 has highlighted the case in the performance review of the said office.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Saturday strongly dispelled the impression that the new duties/taxes have been imposed on the import of solar panels in budget (2014-15). According to the FBR statement issued here, the FBR has clarified that the customs duty and sales tax would be charged at statutory rate on the import of some specific parts of solar panel which are identifiable as being manufactured locally in view of the request of the indigenous engineering industry.
To facilitate and attract foreign investors, field formations have approached the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), seeking clarification to provide a mechanism for proceeding in cases of Permanent Establishments (PEs) of Non-Resident Companies, claiming income tax exemption certificates.


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
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