Karachi, October 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra has said that KCCI has received numerous complaints about the online facility for filing income tax returns of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Many taxpayers kept accessing FBR’s IRIS portal on Tuesday but were unable to file their tax returns due to some technical issues in the portal, he added.
In a statement issued, President KCCI said that the poor performance of FBR’s IRIS system has triggered anxiety amongst taxpayers who fear that they may not be able to succeed in filing income tax returns as the last date was filing returns was nearing fast.
Keeping in view the grievances being faced by taxpayers, Iftikhar Vohra urged FBR to extend the last date for filing of Income Tax Returns and Wealth Statements to December 31, 2014 as the taxpayers are facing immense hardships and are unable to timely submit their Returns through the faulty IRIS system.
In this regard, he mentioned that the Karachi Chamber has already sent letters to Federal Finance Minister, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar and Chairman FBR, Tariq Bajwa in which KCCI has expressed deep concerns over the poor performance of IRIS system and urged the authorities to extend last date for filing income tax returns but unfortunately, they have not received any positive response so far.
He said that FBR must seriously review the overall situation and take steps in order to give some relief to taxpayers and save the national exchequer from suffering revenue losses. KCCI fears that if the situation goes on like this, it will surely have a negative impact on revenue collection target as thousands of taxpayers will not be able to file their returns and wealth statement on time, he added.
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