Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has urged the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to modify its software for filing online tax returns due to exclusion of Income Support Levy.
The Sindh High Court on October 10 granted stay order against collection of 5% Income Support Levy (ISL) imposed through Finance Act 2013, TIP said in a letter to FBR chairman Tariq Bajwa.
The taxpayers filing returns online through e-portal of FBR will face difficulties when the software will reject their forms for not filling the columns for ISL, it said.
The last date for filing annual tax returns was extended from September 30 to October 31 due to inordinate delays by FBR in finalising the software of the e-portal system that would accept returns without ISL.
TIP reminded that ISL was challenged in the Sindh High Court on the grounds that it was double taxation and was imposed without lawful authority after the 18th Constitutional Amendment, whereby the concurrent list had been deleted.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2013.