Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has launched Electronic Filing of Appeals with effect from 1st January 2021. Commissioner Inland Revenue (Appeals) is the first tier of appellate hierarchy provided in the Inland Revenue laws. Taxpayers aggrieved with the orders of Inland Revenue tax authorities file the first appeal before the Commissioner (Appeals). Providing the facility of filing of appeals electronically by the taxpayer is another step toward automaton of FBR.

In compliance with the vision of the Prime Minister, FBR has collaborated with Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited for the development of software for e-filing of appeals. In the process, the input of major stakeholders such as ICAP, ICAMP, and PTBA was also taken. The system will enable the taxpayers aggrieved by the orders of tax authorities to e-file appeals on the Iris Web Portal. Both the revenue and the taxpayers will reap the benefits of the automated system for e-filing of appeals.

In a webinar session held with the petitioners, the Federal Board of Revenue has announced to introduce the automated system of e-filing of appeals, which will be launched soon. FBR is in the process to automate the Commissioner IR (Appeals). The automation of the system will enable the taxpayers to e-file appeals against orders by income tax authorities on the Iris Web Portal and will also facilitate the Commissioner IR Appeals to efficiently dispose of the appeals using Iris Portal.

It will also minimize the physical contact with the taxpayer, facilitate the filing of the appeal, reduce the cost of filing an appeal, and will ensure efficient service delivery with transparency. The taxpayer will be able to file appeals, applications for condonation, rectification, stay, and additional grounds from the comfort of its office.

Due to the system, taxpayers affected by the tax authorities’ orders will now be able to file their appeals on the Iris web portal. An automated system for e-filing of appeals will benefit both revenue and taxpayers.

Under the Inland Revenue Act, the first appeal is filed with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue (Appeals). Therefore, taxpayers affected by the orders of the Inland Revenue Tax Authority will now be able to file this first appeal online to the Commissioner (Appeals).
The FBR is working to ensure the automation of all its systems and the full convenience of taxpayers, and the convenience of filing appeals electronically is an important step in that direction.

Source: Pro Pakistani

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