The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended office hours on September 29 and 30 to help taxpayers, after merchants asked the revenue collecting agency to extend the tax filing deadline.
According to a notice from the FBR, all tax collection offices will be open until 9:00 p.m. on September 29 and until 12:00 a.m. on September 30, the deadline for submitting income tax returns.
“The timings have been extended to assist taxpayers,” the spokesperson said, without specifying if the deadline will be extended, and adding that all offices would keep in contact with bank authorities.
Furthermore, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has requested that the FBR extend the tax filing date as well as eliminate the late filing premium.
The deadline for filing taxes should be extended by two months, according to the head of the trade association.
“Even the FBR has imposed a daily tax of 0.1 percent, which is unacceptable since it may result in a three percent monthly surcharge and a 36 percent yearly cost,” he added.
According to the FPCCI, the FBR should avoid making anti-business decisions without engaging stakeholders.