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FTO rejects review application of ex-FBR/ATIR member

FTO rejects review application of ex-FBR/ATIR member

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has rejected a review application filed by a former member of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue (ATIR), and remarked  that there is no provision for second review in the FTO Ordinance, 2000 against the recommendations issued by an FTO.

The former member FBR/ATIR filed the re-review application against the review order passed by ex-FTO Dr Suddle in terms of section 14(8) of the FTO Ordinance, 2000. The former FBR member says that complainant Waheed Shahzad Butt advocate, through C.No 577/2011, approached the office of the FTO and alleged that the act of issuance of Circular 06 of 2009 dated August 18, 2009 constituted ‘maladministration’ on the part of the FBR officials. The complaint further alleges that the said Circular was issued wrongly and with improper motives that resulted into loss of billions to the exchequer.

In the order dated 10-07-2013, serious reservations have been expressed with regard to the performance of official duties by the applicant and in this respect, fundamentally reliance has been placed on the statement of Chief Income Tax Policy (a former FBR chief in 2009).