Budget Proposals 2017/2018: FPCCI recommends stop promotion of tax officers found in maladministration

KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has suggested the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to stop promotion of Inland Revenue Officers (IROs) for three years in case found in maladministration.
In its budget proposals for fiscal year 2017/2018, the FPCCI said that there is no difference of opinion that some of the tax officers behave in total dis-agreement with the law.
It said that there are a number of reported incidences of proven maladministration and arbitrary decision and creation of wrong tax demands.
Since there is no legal provision under Sales Tax Act which make them accountable, this practice is unfortunately increasing day by day and it is one of the main reasons for mistrust of business community on this existing tax system.
“It causes mistrust, loss in faith of law and shakes confidence of investors / taxpayers,” the FPCCI said and recommended that a new section 67-A be inserted in Sales Tax Act, 1990 which should provide appropriate action against such officer.
“Any officer found involved in such practice be taken into task or his / her promotion be stopped for 3 years, if his assessment over 50 percent are not upheld by Appellate Tribunal,” the FPCCI said.
Besides in case of any specific complaint in any particular issue by the taxpayer, the subject matter may be take-up before the committee comprising of one member from each FPCCI/KCCI, Tax bar and Tax officer to review the matter and in case of adverse findings of the majority against such officer, he may be transferred and his promotion may be stopped for 5 years or any other appropriate action as recommended by the committee.

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