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FBR notifies fresh jurisdictions of commissioner appeals to facilitate taxpayers

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has notified fresh jurisdictions of commissioner appeals in order to facilitate taxpayers.
Officials in the FBR said the revision in jurisdiction of appeals had been notified for tax offices across the country. The FBR has annulled all the jurisdictions issued in the past.
Commissioner Appeals is the first legal forum for taxpayers to get relief against any contradictory orders issued by tax offices.
In this regard the FBR designated five commissioners of Inland Revenue (IR) to perform their duties for resolving the taxpayers’ grievances. Officials said two commissioners had been designated for Appeals – I and II for taxpayers registered with Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) Karachi.
Further, Appeals – III will deals with cases registered with Corporate Regional Tax Office (CRTO) Karachi. Meanwhile, Appeals IV and V will have jurisdiction over cases registered with LTU-II, RTO-II and RTO-III located in Karachi.
They said that the FBR revised the jurisdictions of commissioners’ appeals considering the rising disputes between the taxpayers and tax officials.
On the other side, they said, the FBR also desired to resolve issues on priority basis in order to ensure timely collection of revenue.
The taxpayers have right to file appeal against order passed by a tax authority before the commissioner appeal. In case the taxpayer is not satisfied with the order, he/she has option to move tribunal and then higher courts.
Office of commissioner appeals has become more important since monitoring and scrutiny of tax cases has increased, and directorates for benami cases and immovable properties been established, the officials added.
Overall, the FBR designated 27 commissioners’ appeals in the country. The tax offices in Lahore have seven commissioner appeals. The commissioner appeals would deal with cases falling in income tax, sales tax and federal excise duty. As per Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, commissioner appeals are responsible to decide a case within 120 days from the date of institution of the case, which can be extended for further 60 days.
Officials said the statute had given immense powers to commissioner appeals, including rejecting an order passed by a tax office or remand back the case to the concerned tax office for further review.

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