KARACHI (PR): The Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) has asked the Federal Board of Revenue to immediately further extend the date of e-filing of tax returns till December 15, 2013 or allow filing of manually filled tax returns for the tax year 2013.
In a letter to Tariq Bajwa, Chairman FBR, Munawar Hussain sheikh, President PTBA requested the Federal Board of Revenue to immediately further extend the date of e-filing of tax returns till December 15, 2013 or allow filing of manually filled tax returns for the tax year 2013 which should be punched by the FBR employees to facilitate the taxpayers of the country in order to get the tax returns/ wealth statements in a proper manner otherwise it is impossible to meet the deadline.
PTBA also reminded FBR that it was the most important request of the taxpayer since last so many years that the tax return form should be prepared in a simplified manner that one could easily fill it according to law without any hassle/problem.
“It is also a matter of fact and record that issuance of the Tax Return Forms always delayed every year and the Tax Preparer and also the Taxpayer should be given sufficient time to fill this form when it is due i.e. July 01; but the Tax Return Forms are finalized, only a month prior to the deadline i.e. November 30, 2013, which as per the law should be three months from the date of finalization of the Tax Return Form,” the letter noted.
The most common and the major issue faced by the taxpayers is the very slow functioning of the web portal and frequent disappearance of data fed on Tax Return/ Wealth Statement Form at the e.web portal and sudden logout from the portal during the process of feeding data on the Tax Return Form and also on the Wealth Statement Form, which is a big irritant for the filer.
The Bars have time and again indicated that the malfunctioning of the Return software at the e-web portal was creating severe inconvenience to the Taxpayers / Tax Preparers and make meeting deadline almost impossible.
Bars from all over Pakistan complain that a very less number of Taxpayers have been able to file their Tax Returns till date and major chunk is yet to be received on the Web Portal e-fbr.
The PTBA also referred to various letters sent to the FBR in respect of the Tax Returns and Wealth Statements for the Tax Year under consideration and also various meetings and discussions held with PRAL and Member (IR Policy) and Member (IR Operations), but the issues being faced by members and the taxpayers of the country were not resolved.