FBR offices to remain open for longer hours to aid tax filers

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended working hours at all its relevant offices for collecting tax returns to facilitate income tax filers. 

According to details, a statement issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has stated that all the relevant FBR offices would remain open till 12 midnight on September 29 and 30. September 30 is the last date for filing income tax returns.

It is to be noted that due to problems in the FBR system, the citizens have been facing difficulties due to errors on the online portal’s server for submitting their taxes.

As a result of that, the Pakistan Tax Bar Association had demanded an extension in the date for submission. However, the FBR has refused to do and the final date for submitting the taxes is still September 30.

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Last week, Asad Tahir, a spokesman for the FBR denied extending the dates, stating that they hadn’t even considered it. He further stated that so far, about 800,000 people had filed in their taxes. Moreover, traders who failed to install a Point of Sales (PoS) system will have strict action taken against them; if they don’t install the system within 15 days, they would have to pay a Rs 500,000 fine, which would only be waived once the installation was done. If they still didn’t install it – then after a month they would be liable to pay Rs 3000000 in fines. Eventually, their businesses might have to be closed, he said.

It is to be noted that this month, the FBR made a statement saying that all tax filers must submit their taxes as early as possible to avoid technical failures that occur when too many people log in to the portal. They have absolutely refused to extend the dates.

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