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FTO postpones hearing of case filed by M/s SECO Engineering against RTO-II

FTO postpones hearing of case filed by M/s SECO Engineering against RTO-II

LAHORE: The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has adjourned the hearing of a case filed by proprietor of M/s SECO Engineering against Regional Tax Office-II (RTO-II) until the next date.

According to the details, FTO Consultant Tariq Yousaf heard the case of Qaiser Shakeel, proprietor of M/s SECO Engineering in which the counsel for the appellant argued that the RTO had failed to release the sales tax refund of the last two years claimed by the company.

He said that the RTO-II collected excessive tax from the company during the last two years. They approached the commissioner concerned many times for issuance of the refunds but the RTO-II officials did not pay the refunds after the passage of reasonable time.

At the end, the company decided to approach the FTO seeking interference in this case. The counsel appealed the FTO advisor to direct the RTO-II to clear the refund claims.

The counsel further said that the RTO should refund the excess collection in wake of taxes by the end of financial year but the situation is quite otherwise. Delay in issuance of refunds put burden on the taxpayers, he said, adding that the RTO should make audit of the cases and release the extra amount collected by it from the taxpayers.

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 if any after proper assessment.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, FTO adjourned the case until for further hearing and directed the parties to appear on the date to present arguments in the case.