LAHORE: The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has postponed the hearing of a case filed by proprietor of M/s Al-Jannat Marriage Hall against the Regional Tax Office Gujranwala until the next date.
FTO Advisor Mazhar Farooq Shairazi heard the case of Sarafraz Ahmed Basra, proprietor Al-Jannat Marriage Hall in which the counsel for the appellant argued that RTO has not released the refund to the appellant of the last three years.
He said that the RTO collected excessive tax from the company during the last three years. The company approached the officer concerned many times for issuance of the refunds but the department did not pay the refunds after the passage of reasonable time. Finally, the appellant decided to approach the FTO seeking interference in this case. The counsel appealed the FTO advisor to direct the RTO Gujranwala to clear the refund claims.
The counsel further said that the delay in issuance of refunds put burden on the taxpayers, adding that the RTO should make audit of the cases and release the extra amount collected from it from the taxpayer.
On the other hand, counsel for RTO argued that the appellant has not submitted all record in the office on which basis it is claiming for refunds. If appellant provides accurate record, the RTO will issue the refunds after proper assessment, he added.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, Advisor Mazhar Farooq Shirazi adjourned the case until next date for further hearing and directed the parties to appear on said date to present arguments in the case.