ISLAMABAD - Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Saturday announced Amnesty Scheme for all taxpayers under which no penalty or surcharge will be charged if principal amount of due taxes is paid between June 25 and June 30. The FBR has taken this decision with a view to increase the revenue collection during the last days of outgoing financial year (2010-11) in order to reach the revised target of Rs1,588 billion. Apart from revenue collection, the officials of FBR said that it would provide facility to the taxpayers. As an incentive to taxpayers to deposit their due taxes, the Federal Board of Revenue has issued three SROs. According to the S.R.O 646(1)/2011 of Customs dated 25-06-2011, the FBR shall remit whole amount of penalties and surcharge payable by a person against whom an amount of custom duty is outstanding on account of any audit observation, audit report, demand notice or any adjudication order or who has failed to pay any amount of customs duty claimed, inadmissible refund or drawback of custom duty due to any reason, if the outstanding principal amount of custom duty is paid by from June 25 to June30, 2011. However, this will not entitle any person to claim or take refund of any amount of penalty or surcharge already paid or recovered from him before the issuance of this notification. Moreover, in cases where refund becomes due in consequence of a decision or judgment at a later stage, the custom duty deposited under this notification shall be refunded. Meanwhile, in another S.R.O.648 (1)/2011 of Sales Tax and Federal Excise dated 25-06-201, the Federal Govt shall exempt whole of the amount of default surcharge and penalties payable by a person against whom an amount of sales tax or federal excise duty is outstanding on account of any audit observation, audit report, show-cause notice or any adjudication order, or who has failed to pay any amount of sales tax or federal excise duty or claimed inadmissible input tax credit, adjustment, refund, drawback or rebate due to any reason, if the outstanding principal amount of sales tax or federal excise duty is paid from June25 to June30, 2011-06-24. Benefit of this notification shall not be available to cases of fraudulent refunds or drawback and other tax frauds. In case of direct taxes, FBR vide an S.R.O. 647(1)/2011, dated 25-06-2011 has also notified that Federal Government shall exempt penalty and default surcharge in cases where the withholding agents have not deducted advance withholding tax as required under the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 or where the withholding agents have deducted or withheld income tax but not deposited the tax deducted or withheld within due dates as prescribed, if the due amount of tax is deposited in the government treasury from June 25 to June 30, 2011. However, this notification shall not entitle any person to claim or take refund of any amount of penalty or surcharge already paid by or recovered from him before the issuance of this notification. Moreover, in cases where refund becomes due in consequence of a decision of judgment at any later stage, the Income Tax deposited under this notification shall be refunded.