Govt employees asked to file tax returns

Larkana: The Services, General Administration & Coordination Department, Government of Sindh, has sent a circular letter addressed to all the additional chief secretaries, all the administrative secretaries & senior member board of revenue requesting them to direct their subordinate to file income tax returns on or before November 30, 2015 as required by Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

The letter states that there are thousands of employees in Government Sector who are not filing their income tax returns despite earning taxable income. The FBR has already acquired data from Accountant General Sindh, letter added. Notices for filing income tax returns were issued to the employees, who did not file their I/Tax returns for tax year 2014.

However, the letter further added, the compliance rate to the notices served upon to employees is very low. The letter further said that it is mandatory under section 114(1) of Income Tax Ordinance 2001 to respond to a notice if served upon an employee for filing his/her income tax return.

In case of failure to respond the notice; penalty proceedings under section 182 and prosecution proceedings under section 191 of I/Tax Ordinance might be initiated against the defaulters hence all the employees earning taxable incomes must ensure to file income tax returns for the year 2015 before November 30 positively.

All the secretaries have circulated this letter for strict compliance among their subordinate sections.