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Alvi disposes of FBR pleas in Rs1.2b pretend invoices rip-off


President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday disposed of 42 representations of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) pertaining to the circumstances of bogus gross sales tax invoices, value over Rs1.2 billion.

The FBR had filed the representations with the president, contesting the orders of the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) handed within the suo moto circumstances, during which bogus gross sales tax refunds had been absolutely or partially reimbursed to pretend claimants by FBR officers.

The rip-off was unearthed by FBR’s Directorate General Intelligence and Investigation-Inland Revenue, and “red alerts” had been issued to the involved subject formations to probe the case. However, no motion was initiated in opposition to the FBR officers and claimants.

The FTO took suo moto discover of the fraud and directed the tax watchdog to establish the officers concerned within the verification of the registered individuals and provoke disciplinary motion.

In pursuance of the FTO’s suggestions and the precedent set in related circumstances, the FBR constituted six fact-finding inquiry committees to cope with 130 suo moto circumstances referring to the pretend refund claims.

The phrases of reference of the committees had been meant to establish the wrongdoings and involvement of officers in every case and repair duty.

Also, these committees had been tasked to arrange a draft cost sheet and assertion of allegations with respect to every official and submit a report back to the board inside 30 days.

President Alvi, in view of the findings of the committees, disposed of the representations of the FBR. He directed the tax watchdog to submit a month-to-month implementation report back to the FTO secretariat until the completion of motion in every case.

He additionally ordered to afford a possibility of present trigger and listening to to accused officers in case of any departmental motion to fulfill the requirement of due course of.

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