ISLAMABAD: People can still file their annual income tax returns after due date for appearing on the Active Taxpayers List (ATL) after paying default surcharge.
The last date for filing income tax returns for tax year 2019 was February 28, 2020 and FBR issued ATL – 2019 of March 01, 2020. With the issuance of new ATL the ATL-2018 was no more applicable. Thus, those persons filed income tax returns for tax year 2018 and availing reduced rate of withholding tax rates on the basis of ATL 2018.
However, those persons filed their returns for tax year 2019 will avail the reduced rate of withholding tax rates and their names appeared on the ATL 2019 till the next ATL issued on March 01, 2021.
The FBR issued a clarification on the news items relating to actual number of tax returns filed in Tax Year 2019 and Tax Year 2018 published in the newspapers. FBR has clarified that number of tax returns filed in Tax Year 2018 till 28th February 2019 were 16,95,560 whereas the number of tax returns filed in Tax Year 2019 till 28th February, 2020 were 24,72,609 which showed an increase of 45 % compared to corresponding month in the last Tax Year.
FBR has further stated that date for filing tax returns were extended in Tax Year 2018 and the last date for filing tax returns was set as 9th August, 2019. The news items depicted the comparison of tax returns filed till the last date of Tax Year 2018 with last date of Tax Year 2019 which gave the perception that the actual tax returns filed in Tax Year 2019 have decreased compared to Tax Year 2018.
FBR has further added that the total period from the last date of Tax Year 2018 till last date of Tax Year 2019 consists of almost six months. This period of six months for Tax Year 2019 is comparably very short with that of Tax Year 2018. The number of Tax Returns 24,72,609 filed in six months for Tax Year 2019 shows great achievement of FBR.
The people continue to file tax returns to come on Active Taxpayers List even after last date but the returns can only be filed by paying surcharge after the set last date.