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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has assured the large taxpayers against any punitive measures for delays caused by a systemic failure.
“Clear instructions have been passed on to officers concerned to consider genuine grievances of taxpayers and give them all possible help and relief,” said Mr. Khawar Khurshid Butt, director general of Large Taxpayers Unit Islamabad, in a keynote address to a one-day workshop organized by the LTU to discuss issues pertaining to electronic filing of various documents for efficient disposal of tax matters.
The DG said bigger players in the national economy had critical role to play in setting examples of excellence in the business ethics. He said FBR understood the value and benefits of interaction and sharing of information to deepen the confidence level and evoke voluntary compliance to promote corporate social responsibility.
Mr. Butt assured his sustained support to taxpayers in the process of transformation from manual to electronic mode for the purpose of tax matters. He said the workshop has been organized to provide on-hand guidance to the representatives of various companies facing problems in e-filing their annual or monthly withholding statements, copies of audited accounts and other such annexure that under law are required by the tax authorities.
Earlier, Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad Khan, general manager of Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL), gave a detailed presentation on the technical aspects of e-filing and pointed out the causes of possible interruptions during the processing of data uploading. He also answered the queries of the representatives and consultants of large tax payers.
A large number of companies attended the event and appreciated the initiative of LTU to facilitate the tax payers. Mr. Hafiz Idress of Rawalpindi Tax Bar said such interfacing and guidance from the FBR is of paramount importance for improving the compliance of tax payers under the modernized system and to keep pace with the technological advancement across the globe.
Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, commissioner Enforcement Division of LTU, commended her team for organizing the workshop. Sardar Ali Khawja, additional commissioner Enforcement, while moderating the workshop gave an overview of FBR’s efforts to facilitate taxpayers by transforming the system from manual to electronic.
During the question answer session, various representatives of companies gave their valuable input that was noted down by the PRAL to improvise the soft ware for better results and efficient delivery.