KARACHI: Tax authorities are empowered to re-audit individual or company even if the taxpayer has faced inquiry into the financials during the past three years, sources said on Saturday.
The sources, clarifying a latest tax law, said commissioners Inland Revenue (IR) have power to select an individual or a company for audit anytime even if examination of records has been done during the last three years.
The sources said the FBR issued a clarification on an amendment into the Finance Act 2018 under which the commissioner IR was restricted to conduct audit of any individual or a company if the case was selected during the last three years.
“Yet, the commissioner can still select anyone for audit under section 177 of Income Tax Ordinance 2001 even if the taxpayer was selected for audit in any of the preceding three tax years with due approval,” an official said.
Under the ordinance, the FBR is empowered to select people for income tax audit through random or parametric computer ballot under section 214C of the Ordinance.
The commissioners have the mandate to select taxpayers for audit of their income tax affairs after explaining reasons.
Moreover, the powers of a commissioner to select taxpayers for audit are independent of the powers exercised by the FBR with respect to selection of taxpayers for audit through random or parametric computer ballot.
The sources said an individual could be selected for audit under section 177 and 214C of ordinance, 2001 prior to the amendment.
The FBR said an amendment was inserted to mitigate hardship of taxpayers in repetitive audits repetitively.
The powers of the board and the commissioner to select an individual or company for audit of income tax affairs repetitively for successive tax years were curtailed under the law.
(This news/article originally appeared in The News on September 16th, 2018)