Online Tax Jurisdiction Transfer System Proposed by PTBA to Ease Taxpayer Woes

The Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) has urged the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to implement an online system for transferring tax jurisdiction within the IRIS portal. This recommendation aims to address the ongoing issue of incorrect jurisdiction assignments causing difficulties for taxpayers.

Current Problems:

  • Taxpayers face problems due to incorrect allocations of tax jurisdictions, especially for builders, contractors, and companies in major cities.
  • The existing process for jurisdiction transfer is slow and cumbersome, requiring manual applications and approvals.

Proposed Solution:

  • The PTBA proposes an online “Jurisdiction Tab” within the IRIS portal.
  • Taxpayers can submit transfer requests and supporting documents digitally.
  • Chief Commissioners from both jurisdictions have 15 days to review and approve/reject the transfer.
  • If no action is taken within 15 days, the application escalates to Member Operations, FBR, for a final decision within another 15 days.


  • Faster and more convenient jurisdiction transfer process.
  • Reduced litigation due to clearer and transparent procedures.
  • Improved compliance and efficiency for taxpayers.
  • Upholding taxpayer rights as per Article 10A of the Constitution.
  • Preventing revenue leakage due to incorrect jurisdiction assignments.

PTBA’s Call to Action:

  • The PTBA urges the FBR to implement the “Jurisdiction Tab” promptly.
  • This system will benefit taxpayers, avoid revenue leakage, and fulfill FBR’s responsibility towards facilitation.

Additional Notes:

  • This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional legal advice.
  • Consult a tax professional for specific guidance on your situation.

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