Thousands of taxpayers prefer depositing their tax returns through the manual system because of unresolved complications and flaws in the FBR’s e-filing system.

The taxpayers claimed that the online e-filing system of Federal Board of Revenue was still much complicated which has not yet been made simplified by removing technical flaws. The situation motivates the taxpayers to deposit their tax returns through the manual submission system, they said.

The FBR had increased the final date of submission of the tax returns for all the tax payers from November 21 to December 05, 2014 for facilitating the taxpayers and bringing maximum number of people under the tax net.

A great rush of the tax payers could be witnessed at the chambers of the tax lawyers busy in making their tax documentations there. Lawyers Shahid Mehmood, Aftab Hussain Nagra and Peerzada Syed Saeed Ahmed Shah were of the view that FBR’s online submission system was still complicated despite the high claims of FBR to simplify it.

They said that the taxpayers preferred depositing their tax returns manually. The lawyers urged the Federal Board of Revenue to ensure early simplification of the online system by removing the flaws from it to facilitate taxpayers.

According to FBR officials, 25,000 taxpayers have deposited their tax returns in Sialkot Region comprising Sialkot, Gujrat and Narowal districts, out of which 20,000 taxpayers deposited their tax returns manually and 5000 taxpayers deposited their tax returns through the online system.

ANNOUNCEMENT HAILED: the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry has warmly welcomed the announcement made by Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan regarding installation of the scanners at all the ports, airports and dry ports for ensuring checking of export consignments without opening containers.

Talking to newsmen, the SCCI president highly hailed the decision and hoped that the exporters’ complaints regarding damages of the export consignments and their physical examination being carried out by Anti-Narcotics Force would come to an end after early installation of the special scanners. Fazal Jillani said it was a big demand of the perturbed Sialkot exporters.

He also expressed gratitude to the commerce minister for announcing that by next month, all the outstanding sales tax refunds would be cleared, and that the government would introduce zero-rating for all categories of exports.

He said that pendency of refund claims has assumed critical situation besides creating immense financial problems for the exporters. He said that clearance of refund claims and zero-rating to the entire export sector would immensely facilitate the exports. He said that it has been a long standing demand of the exporters.