LHC adjourns alleged income tax case until 27 – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday adjourned the alleged income tax case until September 27, 2022 and ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to answer the issue of granting interim relief to taxpayers.

The hearing in the case (2022 Order Application 52559) was held at the LHC on Wednesday.

According to the order, Khalid Ishaq, lawyer representing FBR and member Inland Revenue (Policy), FBR present in court, initially, argues that the lack of assistance on September 19, 2022 was unintentional, therefore, the remarks noted in the order can be canceled free of charge.

“It suffices to observe that the observations of the order of September 19, 2022 cannot be considered as adverse remarks for official or private purposes”, specifies the order of the LHC.

Khalid Ishaq, attorney on behalf of the FBR is faced with the issue regarding interim relief to the petitioner and other ratepayers until a final decision, he requests a short adjournment. The learned attorney representing FBR has also agreed to file a response in addition to assisting on the matter regarding interim relief for the Petitioner and other ratepayers.

The petitioner has questioned the constitutionality of section 7E – presumptive income tax of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001, inserted into the Finance Act 2022 on the premise of the legislative incompetence of the Parliament to enact a law outside the scope of entry 50 of the federal law. Legislative List, Fourth Schedule to the 1973 Constitution.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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