Business community demands extension in date for filing of ITRs

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Observer Report

Islamabad

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday urged the government for further exten-sion in the last date for filing of income tax return.
Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, President ICCI said that December 8, 2020 was the deadline for the filing of income tax returns 2020, but the FBR system was not working properly due to which many taxpayers had to face great problems in filing their tax returns.
He said that this situation necessitated the further extension in the last date for filing of income tax return.
Yasir Ilyas Khan said that due to the spike in the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, most of the tax consultants were unable to provide their services to the taxpayers in preparing income tax returns
Therefore, it was the need of the hour that FBR should consider on date extension to facilitate maximum taxpayers in filing of income tax returns, he added.
He said that the lockdowns in the past had destroyed many businesses due to which great number of the business community was facing difficulty in paying electricity bills, rents of shops and the salaries of the workers.
In these circumstances, extending the deadline for filing tax returns was an important necessity.
ICCI President further said that out of a population of 206 million, about 1.7 million income tax returns were filed till December 8 as compared to 2.7 mil-lion last year.
He said that the economic condition of the country would not improve unless the number of filers was increased.
He said that there were about 8 million commercial electricity connections in the country and advance tax was also deducted from the electricity bills but filing of only 1.7 million income tax returns should be a matter of concern for the government.
He said that the government has a record of power connections so every effort should be made to take advantage of it in order to expand the tax base of the country.

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