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Exporters refund claims to be cleared soon: RTO
KARACHI: Chief Commissioner RTO Muhammad Anwar Goraya has ordered to clear all pending claims of exporters’ refund immediately and instructed the Additional Collectors and the Deputy Collector to issue the Refund Payment Order RPO without further delay.
In a meeting with Chairman, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association PRGMEA Sub Committee on Sales Tax and Customs Affairs, Abdul Wahid Bandukda, the RTO has issued instructions to clear refund claims of sales tax. On this Occasion, Shaikh Mohammad Shafiq, Chairman SZ, Arshad Aziz and some prominent members were also present.
The Chief Commissioner heard all the grievances of the exporters in details and assured to resolve their pending issues. He also instructed to the officers concerned to issue objection memo or give the reason of rejection to the claimant along with their RPO so that the claimant can submit the required documents for those rejected claims. He also agreed to give copies of objection memo of previous long pending claims to the claimants. He assured that those companies which have received their RPOs will be issued cheques on priority basis as soon as the funds are sanctioned against the same.
Abdul Wahid Bandukda, informed that a lot of claims are declined against clearing agents’ service charges and courier charges etc. to, which the Chief RTO informed that they are resolving this issue with the Sind Revenue Board SRB under whose domain these service charges fall into.
Objections and recoveries under CREST software were also discussed. Chairmen Sub Committee informed the Chief RTO that most of these objection relates to Classification of Suppliers and Exporter as Non Zero Rated Sector, whereas the suppliers as well as the exporter are doing taxable activity since many years in the Textile sector and for the reason of non awareness their lower staff or agents, they had not mentioned Textile activity while registering online for efiling.
The Chief Commissioner advised Mr Bandukda that the exporters and suppliers can change their status online and submit the required documents with the RTO where they will look into the matter and withdraw the objections of Non Zero Rated issue on merit so they may avail the 2% earlier 0% concessionary rate of sales tax along with the Five Zero rated sectors.
In addition, the Chief Commissioner accepted invitation from the Chairman PRGMEA, Shaikh Mohammad Shafiq for conducting workshop on CREST software to train PRGMEA members and address issues related to this software to ease difficulties faced by the members. He assured that FBR’s IT experts will be invited from Islamabad to give training to PRGMEA members.