The Federal Board of Revenue has directed all its sub offices to entertain applicants who want an extension on the last date of filling taxes after the expiry of the deadline on December 8.

In a circular issued by FBR to Large Taxpayers, Medium Taxpayers, Corporate Tax and Regional Tax offices, it was stated that Pakistan Tax Bar, various chambers of commerce & industry, trade bodies, and sections of print and electronic media have approached FBR requesting that either the last date for filing of Income Tax Returns for Tax Year 2020 be extended or the process of seeking extensions from the Commissioner under section 119(1) of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001, be rendered facilitative.

The circular further stated that it has been decided that every Inland Revenue field formation would establish a Help Desk to receive manual requests for extension. One request for extension addressed to Chief Commissioner Inland Revenue concerned could cover multiple taxpayers provided it contains taxpayers names, their CNIC/NTN and identification of jurisdiction to the extent possible.

The Chief Commissioners are required to ensure proper receipt of all requests, grant of extensions, and report the number of requests received, and the extensions granted by December 10, 2020.

Hamza Habib is a senior journalist and former editor of correspondent.pk who has previously worked for leading newspapers and TV networks of the country. He mainly writes on the economy and political issues.

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