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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has notified a list of 85 unregistered retailers (Tier-1), who are required to be integrated with the FBR’s Point of Sale (POS) system by October 10, 2022.

The FBR has issued Sales Tax General Order (STGO) 4 of 2022, here on Friday.

According to the FBR’s notification, these 85 identified retailers are still operating out of the documented regime and not depositing collected sales tax from consumers into the national kitty.

Last month, the FBR had issued a list of 81 big retailers (Tier-1), which are required to be integrated with the FBR’s POS system and were denied 60 percent input tax credit in case of non-integration. The number of big retailers (Tier-1) now stood at 85, which are required to be integrated with the POS system. The board has decided to raise sales tax demand against these big retailers (Tier-1), who are still not integrated with the FBR’s POS system by the deadline of October 10, 2022.

‘T-1Rs and tax inspectors are busy in defeating POS integration mechanism’

Upon filing of the sales tax return for the month of October 2022 for all hereby notified Tier-I retailers not having integrated, their input tax claim would be disallowed, the FBR warned retailers.

The Finance Act, 2019 added sub-section (6) to section 8B of the Sales Tax Act, 1990 (“the STA, 1990”), whereby, a Tier-l Retailer “(T-1R)” who did not integrate its retail outlet in the manner prescribed under sub-section (9A) of section 3 of the STA, 1990 during a tax period, its adjustable tax for that period would be reduced by 15 per cent. The figure of 15 per cent has been raised to 60 per cent vide Finance Act, 2021.

In order to operationalise this important provision of law, a system-based approach has been adopted, whereby, all T-IRs who are liable to integrate but have not yet integrated, with effect from July-2021 (Sales Tax Returns filed in August 2021) are to be dealt with as per the procedure laid down in STGO No I of 2022 issued on 3rd August 2021.

The procedure of exclusion from this list of identified Tier-I shall apply as laid down in STGO 17 of 2022 dated May 13, 2022, the FBR added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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Manzar Mian Oct 11, 2022 08:43pm
The names of such retailers are required to be published, so that responsible citizens should be particular in obtaing receipt or a social boycotts are encouraged.
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