Taxmen found involved in ‘unique’ scam

 Taxmen found involved in ‘unique’ scam

ISLAMABAD: Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Asif Mahmood Jah has unearthed a unique kind of scam involving tax officials, who sought account holders’ information from the banks, through issuance of fake/forged notices to these banks. This case reflects that some tax officials were practically involved in issuance of fake notices to banks under section 176 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

In a landmark investigation by the FTO Dr Asif Jah, it has been ordered to FBR that tampering with the notices issued under section 176 of the Ordinance, for seeking information from the bank(s), is tantamount to maladministration. The FBR should prepare Special Operating Procedures regarding statutory approvals, especially, regarding calling for information from the banks under section 176 of the Ordinance through bar-coded notices to be used by the field formation.

It is reliably learned that a refund claimant taxpayer lodged a complaint through tax…

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