Federal Board of Revenue Issues Income Tax General Order to Enforce Filing of Returns for TY 2023.

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Islamabad, In a move to enhance tax compliance and ensure adherence to the provisions of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued an Income Tax General Order (ITGO) in respect of individuals who are not appearing on the active taxpayer list but are obligated to file Income Tax Returns for the Tax Year 2023.

Under the authority vested by section 114B of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, FBR has taken decisive action by issuing an order to disable mobile phone SIMs associated with 506,671 individuals who fall under the aforementioned category. These measures are aimed at encouraging individuals to fulfill their tax obligations and contribute to the country’s economic development.

Key points of the Income Tax General Order (ITGO) include:

1. Disabling Mobile Phone SIMs: The SIM cards linked to the specified individuals’ CNIC will remain blocked until restored by the FBR or the Commissioner Inland Revenue having jurisdiction over the individual.

2. Immediate Effect: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and all telecom operators have been instructed to enforce the ITGO with immediate effect, ensuring swift implementation of the order.

3. Compliance Reporting: Telecom operators are mandated to furnish a compliance report to the FBR by May 15, 2024, to provide transparency and accountability in the enforcement process.

This strategic initiative underscores FBR’s commitment to fostering a culture of tax compliance and accountability among taxpayers. Through enforcement measures and collaboration with relevant stakeholders, FBR aims to strengthen the tax base and promote a fair and equitable tax system for the benefit of the nation.

FBR encourages all individuals to promptly address their tax obligations and take necessary steps through filing their income tax returns for tax year 2023 by furnishing correct declarations to restore their mobile phone services in compliance with the ITGO.