FBR gears up for single telecom sales tax portal: Committee kicks off process

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has formed a committee to facilitate a single portal for filing telecom sales tax returns across all tax jurisdictions in Pakistan.

Committee composition:

  • Representatives from FBR (including Chief, Provincial Taxes & Chief, IT)
  • Members from each Provincial Revenue Authority (Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan)

Committee responsibilities:

  • Assess readiness and requirements for launching the single portal.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders (FBR, PRAs, telcos) as needed.
  • Determine procedures for:
    • Modifying the single return form (in consultation with PRAL)
    • Enforcing return filing
    • Granting filing extensions
    • Revising filed returns
  • Make recommendations on:
    • Software development timeline and specifications for the single portal
    • Legal amendments needed for:
      • Implementing the new return format
      • Synchronizing filing deadlines across PRAs
      • Addressing data sharing, access, privacy, and security
      • Defining ownership and operation of the portal and data

Expected benefits:

  • Streamlined telecom sales tax filing for businesses
  • Improved compliance and revenue collection
  • Reduced administrative burden for taxpayers and authorities

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