Commissioner empowered to issue trial tax number without CNIC


ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has authorized a Commissioner Inland Revenue to issue a trial registration number (TRN) without mentioning Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) on it while registering an identified taxpayer.
The FBR on Monday issued draft amendment to Rule 81A of Income Tax Rules, 2002 through SRO 05(I)/2017 and included the words ‘if provided’ after the word CNIC in sub rue (3) of the Rules.
Under Rule 81 which related to taxpayer’s registration by the commissioner:
(1) The Commissioner having jurisdiction over a case may register a person as a taxpayer where he is satisfied that the income of the person is taxable and is required to file a return of income under section 114.
(2) The Commissioner shall issue to the taxpayer a letter under sub-section(2) of section 181 to submit an application for registration prescribed under rule 80 along with documents specified therein within a reasonable time given in the said letter. In case of compliance NTN certificate shall be issued accordingly.
(3) In case of failure of the taxpayer to comply with the letter issued under sub-section (2) of section 181, the Commissioner shall register the taxpayer on a Trial Registration Number (TRN) for which a serially numbered Trial Register shall be maintained by the Commissioner. The Trial Register shall contain the basic information of the taxpayer like name of the person or business, available address, CNIC, nature of income generating activity and any other information regarded useful by the Commissioner. In such case, statutory notices shall be issued for assessment of income or other legal obligation of the taxpayer under the Ordinance on TR Number:
Provided that before allotment of Trial Registration Number the Commissioner shall verify and match the particulars of the taxpayer from the NTN Master Index to avoid duplication of registration.
(4) In case any assessment is made or any liability is created by the Commissioner under the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 against the taxpayer, the Commissioner on the basis of information as contained in Trial Register, allot an NTN to the taxpayer within fifteen days of the date of completion of assessment or creation of a liability under the Ordinance.

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