PAKISTAN: Federal tax ombudsman delays hearing of Hunza Sugar case

Published: 12/06/2017, 1:19:17 PM

The Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has postponed the hearing of a case filed by M/s Hunza Sugar Mills (Private) Limited against the Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU) until the next date of hearing. The same was heard last month and was put off for the next date, according to Pakistan's Customs Today.

According to the details, FTO Mian Munawar Ghafoor heard the case in which the counsel for the appellant argued that the LTU had failed to satisfy the appellant in refund case.

The petitioner claimed that the LTU collected excessive tax from M/s Hunza Sugar Mills during the last three years. The company approached the officer concerned many times but the LTU officials did not pay the refunds after the passage of a reasonable time.

At the end, the appellant decided to approach the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO), seeking interference in this case. The counsel appealed the FTO advisor to direct the LTU to clear the refund claims.

The counsel further said that the delay in issuance of refunds put burden on the taxpayers, adding that the LTU should make audit of the cases and release the extra amount collected by it from the taxpayer. He also said in the argument that appellant should submit all relevant record to the LTU.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, FTO adjourned hearing the case until next date for further hearing and directed the parties to appear on said date to present arguments in the case. The same case will be heard on the next reserved date. Hearings are adjourned till third week of August.