The Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) has proposed the implementation of an online jurisdiction transfer system within the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) IRIS portal. This initiative aims to address the persistent challenges faced by taxpayers due to inaccurate tax jurisdiction assignments.
PTBA Urges FBR to Implement Online Jurisdiction Transfer System via IRIS Portal
In a recent letter addressed to the Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the Pakistan Tax Bar Association (PTBA) acknowledged FBR’s efforts to address improper jurisdiction allocations for entities in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. However, PTBA emphasized the need for a faster and more convenient process for jurisdiction transfers.
PTBA recommended the development of a “Jurisdiction Tab” in the IRIS portal, enabling taxpayers to file transfer applications online with detailed reasons. Under the proposed system, taxpayers could digitally submit transfer requests and supporting documents, with Chief Commissioners given 15 days to review and approve transfers. In cases of inaction, applications would escalate to the FBR’s Member Operations for a final decision within another 15 days.
Highlighting the significance of correct jurisdiction determination under Article 10A of the Constitution, PTBA stressed that without it, proceedings against taxpayers would be deemed null and void. Moreover, an automated and transparent transfer process would alleviate burdens for compliant taxpayers, reduce litigation, and enhance efficiency in line with FBR mandates.
PTBA urged the FBR to promptly implement the “Jurisdiction Tab” on the IRIS portal, citing its benefits for taxpayers, revenue preservation, and FBR’s facilitation responsibilities.