FBR reviews performance of commissioners’ appeals in 2020/21
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) organised a video-link conference with the commissioners’ appeals to review their performance during the financial year 2020/21.
The purpose of holding the conference was also to chalk out a workable strategy for the disposal of substantial pendency of appeals involving revenue of billions of rupees and to work out a strategy to dispose of manual income tax appeals by December 30, 2021 as envisaged in Rule 760 of the Income Tax Rules, 2002, a statement issued by the tax authority said.
Dr Waqar Masood Khan, minister of state/special assistant to the prime minister on finance and revenue and FBR chairman Asim Ahmed chaired the conference.
Syed Ghulam Abbas Kazmi, Member Legal, in his opening remarks presented an overview of the achievements of the Legal Wing, FBR, during the previous financial year.
The member explained that the Legal Wing and its 33 appeals commissionerates have taken several measures to improve the litigation process of tax cases, including the e-filing of appeals.
A new speedy system of appeal filing has been introduced and is working at its full potential since January 1, 2021 and so far 20,415 appeals have been filed online.
Dr Waqar Masood Khan expressed the present government’s strong and unfaltering resolve towards reorganisation and transformation of the FBR.
He said the FBR is the backbone of public finance in the country, as it generates and collects tax revenue.
During his earlier discourses, he said he had dilated upon the importance of automation in the FBR as an important component of reform initiatives of the government.
He congratulated the FBR chairman and member legal for successfully launching the e-filing of appeals and said it had minimised the physical interaction between the taxpayer and the commissioner appeals; thereby, reducing the cost of appeal filing along with ensuring efficient service delivery and transparency.
It would also facilitate the offices of the commissioners (appeals) to dispose of appeals efficiently in a paperless environment using the FBR’s Web Portal, he added.
FBR chairman Asim Ahmed praised the Legal Wing for disposing of 25,323 appeals involving tax revenue of Rs899.6 billion during the previous financial year.
He also acknowledged the pivotal role played by the Legal and IT Wings of the FBR in making automation of appellate processes a success.
In the last session of the conference, the commissioners’ appeals made presentations about their performance during the previous financial year and shared strategy to dispose of pending and fresh appeals during the current financial year.
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