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FTO urged to take notice of ‘unnecessary’ actions, ‘harassment’ of taxpayers

FTO urged to take notice of ‘unnecessary’ actions, ‘harassment’ of taxpayers

PESHAWAR: Business community has complained about “unnecessary” actions and “harassment” on the pretext of floating rules, delay in release of tax-refunds/pending cases and urged the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) to take notice of anti-business behaviors of relevant tax-collection institutions and authorities. 

The traders claimed that they have generously contributed to the country’s economic development through paying a number of taxes so it is necessary to avoid disrespecting them during raids on business premises on the pretext of violating rules.  The businessmen demanded the abolishment of double taxation and reduction in the ratio of the number of taxes. They urged the FTO to ensure maximum implementation of its decision and orders to give relief to the community.

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These issues were discussed during a meeting chaired by Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Hasnain Khurshid Ahmad while visiting Federal Tax Ombudsman, Dr Asif Mehmood Jah here at the Chamber’s House on Thursday. 

 Dr Asif Mehmood Jah, addressing on the occasion said the FTO is a business and taxpayers friendly institution, which has played an important role to address grievances of the business community in a short span of time.  The FTO assured that issues of delay in refunds/pending of cases, illegal, unnecessary actions and harassment of business community on pretext violation of rules would be taken up by relevant departments and authorities and would resolve them amicably.  

Dr Asif informed that FTO has established a facilitation desk on various points in the country. today, he said a facilitation desk was also inaugurated in Peshawar Bacha Khan International Airport. In light of business community recommendation, the FTO said honorary advisors would be appointed across the country which would play their due role in early redressal of taxpayers’ grievances.

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 Hasnain Khurshid Ahmad while speaking on the occasion welcomed the appointment of Dr Asif Mehmood Jah as FTO, saying that the government decision is highly admirable to appoint the right man for the right job. He raised the issue of “unnecessary” actions and “harassment” on the pretext of floating rules, delay in release of tax-refunds/pending cases and urged the Federal Tax Ombudsman to notice the anti-business behaviors of relevant tax-collection institutions and authorities.

Zahidullah Shinwari, former SCCI president, demanded the reviving Tax Advisory Committees, proper functioning of Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, effective implementation on FTO decisions, abolishment of multiple audits, early release of refunds, disposing off pending cases, avoid from issues tax-notices, showcase notices on back dates, making taxpayers appeal effective.

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