KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has empowered additional collectors to speed up revenue collection under the amnesty scheme to legalise smuggled and non-paid duty vehicles.
In a notification issued on Friday, the revenue body amended the Customs Act, 1969 and empowered the additional collector of Customs to exercise the power of the collector of Customs.
Sources in Customs said that due to a large number of processing of smuggled vehicles and realisation of significant revenue, the collector customs would not be able to go through each application for legalising the vehicles under the scheme.
Prior to amendment, the Customs Act, 1969 empowered the additional collector to adjudicate the cases up to Rs3 million in cases involving confiscation of goods or recovery of duty and other taxes not levied, short levied or erroneously refunded, imposition of penalty or any other contravention, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the collector has the power of recovery with no limit, they said.
The FBR, through a notification on March 5, announced an amnesty scheme for smuggled and non-paid duty vehicles by offering owners to get legalised by paying duty and taxes with additional fine.
The revenue authorities is expecting huge response from the people as the FBR has data of over 33,000 smuggled and non-paid vehicles, which are plying on the roads.
During the week, around 800 cases were received by the authorities where people were seeking legalisation of their vehicles, the sources said, adding that in most cases, owners of such vehicles, who have applied for availing of the amnesty, are mostly rich people having luxury vehicles, where huge revenue is involved for recovery.
Customs officials said that the recent notification is only for amnesty scheme where additional collector can exercise the collector’s power. “The normal proceedings will continue as usual as available in the act,” an official said.
In the notification, the FBR has also empowered the deputy collector of customs to exercise the powers of additional collector for only amnesty scheme.