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All pending refund cases: Field formations directed to speedily dispose of – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: To tackle deferred sales tax refund claims under the FASTER system, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has directed the field formations to speedily dispose of all pending refund cases either accepting or rejecting the refund, but no claims be kept pending beyond July 31, 2021.

In this regard, the FBR has issued instructions to the field formations, here on Wednesday for processing of deferred sales tax refund claims.

The FBR wants to communicate the Board’s decision to enhance refund risk parametric checks from 12 to 15 percent of export value in cases of partially-integrated manufacturing concerns and commercial exporters.

First, the process for the purpose is that all exporters would continue to file their refund claims through the FASTER module.

Second, the refund claims up to 12 percent of the export value will be automatically processed by the FASTER system.

Third, any amount exceeding 12 percent will be deferred and marked to the field offices concerned for processing and sanctioning.

Fourth, field officers would thoroughly scrutinise the claims to ascertain its admissibility and genuineness.

Fifth, after satisfying themselves as regards the admissibility and genuineness of the refund, field officers will sanction the refund whereby refund payment orders (RPOs) shall appear in the CSTRO’s payment system in a separate especially earmarked system.

Sixth, the CSTRO will release payment in all genuine cases falling within the range of 12 percent to 15 percent of the export value.

Seventh, no refund claims beyond 15 percent of the export value would be sanctioned/paid under any circumstances, the FBR added.

All cases marked to the field involving higher refund-to-export ratio, by their very nature, are to be taken as high risk cases, and put to stringent levels of both pre- and post-refund audit, so as to optimally safeguard the exchequer against any undue releases on this account.

Accordingly, field formations shall speedily dispose of all pending cases either accepting or rejecting the refund, but no claims, on whatever count, be kept pending beyond July 31, 2021, the FBR added.

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