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June 1, 2020

Govt urged to amend Section-8B of Sales Tax Act 1990

Islamabad

June 1, 2020

Islamabad: The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has called upon the government to amend Section-8B of Sales Tax Act 1990 for allowing 100 per cent adjustment of input tax against output tax from next budget instead of the existing 90 per cent.

It said that depriving registered persons of the refund or adjustment of 100 percent input tax against output tax is not justified, especially at a time when the business sector is struggling for survival due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry stressed that during this crisis period caused by Covid-19, the government should allow the business community to adjust input tax of the 100 percent of output tax. He further said that the government should remove the discrepancy in the adjustment of input and output tax in the next budget by allowing them 100 percent adjustment of input tax. He said that the government had allowed registered persons to adjust input tax paid on goods and services purchased from local market, imported from abroad and goods purchased in auction during a tax period, however, all registered persons have not been allowed to adjust input tax in excess of 90 percent of the output tax for that tax period, which is an act of injustice with them.

Muhammad Ahmed Waheed said that FBR vide its SRO1190(1) of 2019 has allowed 100 per cent adjustment of input tax against output tax to some sectors including persons registered in electrical energy the sector, oil marketing companies, petroleum refineries, fertiliser manufacturers, gas distribution companies, telecommunication services as the restriction of adjustment of input tax only up to 90 percent of output tax would not apply to them. However, he said that due to lockdowns to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic, businesses of almost all sectors of the economy have incurred huge losses and keeping in view their current financial difficulties, the government should allow adjustment of input tax against 100 percent output tax to ease their problems.

ICCI President further said that the government should initiate the process of bringing amendment in Sec-8B of Sales Tax Act 1990 through budgetary measures to allow 100 percent adjustment of input tax against output tax to all registered persons in order to remove anomalies and meet the requirements of fair treatment to all sectors for this particular tax.