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CNIC adding up to woes for sales tax registered suppliers: FEBR

Amendments related to purchases in business income tax returns be implemented at earliest, FBR chief urged.

Our Special Correspondent

LAHORE: The condition of CNIC is adding up tensions for sales tax registered suppliers, and it goes without saying that all the legal formalities are for those who are in the tax net and who are more documented.

This was stated by Friends of Economic Business Reforms President Kashif Anwar in a letter addressed to Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Shabar Zaidi the other day.

“We appreciate your measures to document the economy thereby enabling the present Government to achieve a milestone of enhancing the tax base. We also congratulate you on achieving the number of income tax returns above 2.5 million”.

Various steps have been taken in current budget to increase the Tax to GDP ratio and achieve the mountainous tax collection target of Rs.5500/- billion for tax year 2020, he said, adding a major and prominent condition of mentioning CNIC on invoices has been added in the Finance Act 2019-20 which is under discussion at all forums.

The law has made it mandatory for every sales tax registered person either manufacturer, importer, dealer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer to mention STRN, NTN or CNIC on sales tax invoice above rupees fifty thousand value to feed sales tax return which automatically verifies the particulars of buyers and compiles their record internally.

“If one does not provide NTN or CNIC, the proportionate input sales tax will be disallowed to registered person.

“On the other hand, all the purchases of sales tax registered persons either local or imported are updated automatically to avail the benefit of input tax in their sales tax return and no purchase entry can be manual.

“FEBR is not against documentation rather we propagate for the benefits of becoming filer. But to avail full sales tax input against purchases in sales tax return, the condition of CNIC is adding tensions for sales tax registered suppliers, and it goes without saying that all the legal formalities are for those who are in the tax net and who are more documented,” he said, adding that “the condition of mentioning STRN, NTN or CNIC to avail full amount of input tax is for sales tax registered suppliers. But how the chain of supplies from supplier to purchaser will complete when the retailer would not mention those particular purchases in their business income tax return?”

“There is no doubt that retailers submit their business income tax returns and do mention the figure of their annual purchases against their turnovers but those purchase figures are not verifiable and have no supporting evidence in actual.

The retailers normally hesitate to get sales tax invoice from registered suppliers or are advised to do so. Mostly, there is no proof with retailers regarding the justification of their purchases which they mention in their annual business income tax returns,” he said.

In regard to purchases made by all retailers, individuals, suppliers, agents and others not registered in sales tax, we humbly request that they may be enjoined to make purchases from sales tax registered persons for their businesses income tax returns, FEBR president Anwar stated.

“As in case of sales tax registered persons, all purchases are automatically shown in Annex-A (Domestic Purchase Invoices) & Annex-B (Imports) to avail the benefits of input sales tax, similarly the purchases made by retailers, individuals, suppliers, agents and others not registered in sales tax must be automatically shown in their annual income tax returns against their NTN’s” he highlighted.

It is requested that amendments related to purchases in business income tax returns of retailers, individuals, suppliers, agents and others not registered in sales tax may be made at the earliest possible, the president said.

The supplies shown by sales tax registered entities in their sales tax returns should be automatically shown as purchases in the annual business income tax returns of those who are only registered in Income Tax, he underscored, explaining this will complete the supply chain from sales tax registered suppliers to the Income Tax registered purchasers. It will increase their sense of responsibility to file their justifiable purchases in their annual income tax returns which will ultimately reduce the burden of sales tax registered persons.

“Your early action in this regard will also help in documenting the economy and facilitate sales tax registered persons,” Anwar concluded.

 

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