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


ISLAMABAD:

President Dr Arif Alvi disposed of on Sunday 42 representations of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) pertaining to the circumstances of bogus gross sales tax invoices, price 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, by which bogus gross sales tax refunds have been reimbursed absolutely or partially to pretend claimants by FBR officers.

The rip-off was unearthed by FBR’s Directorate General Intelligence & Investigation-Inland Revenue, and ‘crimson alerts’ have been issued to the involved discipline formations to probe the case. However, no motion was initiated towards 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 (RPs) 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.

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The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the committees have been meant to establish the wrongdoings and involvement of officers in every case and repair accountability.

Also, these committees have been tasked to arrange a draft charge-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 Federal Tax Ombudsman’s secretariat until the completion of the motion in every case.

He additionally ordered to afford a possibility of show-cause and listening to to accused officers – in case of any departmental motion – to fulfill the requirement of due course of.

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