LAHORE: The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) heard an appeal filed by Shamsud Doja, owner of M/s Pakistan Mineral Processing, against Corporate Regional Tax Office (CRTO) until the next date of hearing. The FTO also sought relevant details to decide the case.
According to the details, FTO consultant Mian Munawar Ghafoor heard the case in which the counsel for the appellant argued that the CRTO had failed to release the tax refund of the last two years claimed by the company.
He said that the CRTO collected excessive tax during the last two years. He approached the commissioner concerned many times for issuance of refunds but the CRTO 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 CRTO to clear the refund claims.
The counsel further said that CRTO 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 CRTO Lahore should make audit of the cases and release the extra amount collected by it from the taxpayer.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, FTO advisor adjourned the case of Proprietor Pakistan Mineral Processing until next date for further hearing and directed the parties to appear on said date to present arguments in the case. FTO will heard the case after two weeks, informed the parties.