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FTO ordered an investigation against officials of CTO Lahore against recovery of tax without notice

The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has passed an order against the corporate tax office, Lahore (CTO) tax employees, against the cases involved in collecting taxes from government departments without communicating any enforceable order of tax demand.

It is learned that a taxpayer, approached to Federal Tax Ombudsman through Waheed Shehzad Butt, Advocate. Against CTO Tax Employees CIR, Enforcement and Additional Commissioner. Where they has demanded non-existence tax demand from any government institution to reach the budget targets. According to media reports, appropriate disciplinary and criminal action could be initiated against the FBR, those holding public office, including FBR officials involved in misconduct.

Without confronting any viable tax demand of 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 from government institutions asked to seize bank guarantees through fake / fraud / counterfeit tax notices.

Demand of Proof

The petitioner alleged that the tax employees should provide proof of implementation of income tax demand against the complaint on 27.04.2021. Which includes tax year 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Criminal Proceedings

In case of silence, criminal proceedings may be instituted against them. The FTO notice said that the FTO has ordered an inquiry into the complaint. Therefore, you now need to respond to the allegations in the complaint. Bank Guarantees of taxpayers lying with other Department encashed by tax department. Commissioner’s particular statements may be obtained for transmission to this office.

While there was no tax recoverable / enforceable demand even for tax year 2018. How the Commissioner could issue the letter asking “to release bank guarantees from the date of inception to date”. I.e., Increase in amounts relatable to Tax Years 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Unreal Tax Demand

The Federal Tax Ombudsmen (FTO) said, the Bilal Hassan, Additional Commissioner Enforcement’s action to recover unreal tax demand from Government Institution in compliance with the letter No CIR/Enf 3496 dated 27-04-2021. Issued by his Commissioner equivalent to compliance of an illegal order. His statements needs to take for communication to this office.

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