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Rs.300bn stuck in appeals: FBR to revise ADR system in budget

Wednesday, 23rd March 2017

"ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to revise the whole system of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) committees in budget (2017-18) under the plan to reduce litigation of Rs 300 billion stuck up in appeals. 

Sources told Business Recorder here on Saturday that the decision has been taken in the last meeting of the Tax Reform Implementation Committee (TRIC) at the FBR House.

According to details, a comprehensive plan would be implemented for the revival of the ADR system in coming budget (2016-17). It has been proposed that an ADR committee be constituted within 30 days of receipt of application by taxpayer and recommendations be furnished by the committee within 60 days. In the previous meeting of the TRIC, a sub-committee was constituted which was tasked with submitting proposals with regard to constitution of ADR committees in the existing legal framework. The convener of the aforementioned sub-committee, Member (Legal), FBR made a comprehensive presentation on the existing legal framework of alternate dispute resolution and the amendments introduced in the relevant provisions through the Finance Act, 2016. The committee was apprised that over 27000 cases are pending before the Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue (ATIR), 5000 cases before the customs tribunal whereas approximately 13000 cases are pending before various high courts. The committee was also informed that it is estimated that a substantial amount of revenue aggregating Rs.300 billion is stuck up in appeals."

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