LAHORE: Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has heard a case filed by M/s Chawla Tanneries against the Corporate Regional Tax Office (CRTO) Lahore and adjourned it until the next date of hearing.
During the proceedings of case, the counsel for the appellant argued that the CRTO had failed to release the sales tax refund to the appellant since last two years.
He said the RTO-II collected excessive taxes from the company during the last two years. The proprietors of M/s Chawla Tanneries approached the officials concerned several times for the release of refunds, but the RTO officials failed to clear refunds after the passage of a reasonable time.
Finally, the appellant decided to approach the FTO seeking intervention in this case. The counsel appealed the FTO advisor to direct the CRTO to clear the refund claims.
The counsel further said that delay in release of refunds put burden on taxpayers, adding that the CRTO should make audit of the case and release the extra amount collected by it from the taxpayers.
On the other hand, counsel for CRTO argued that the appellant has not submitted all record to the office for claiming refunds. If appellant provides the accurate record, the RTO will release refunds after a proper assessment, he added.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, FTO Advisor Muhammad Zahiruddin postpone hearing of the case until next date for hearing and directed the parties to appear before him on said date to conclude arguments in the case.