PRAL to Develop a Single Portal for Federal and All Provincial Tax Authorities

All provincial revenue authorities have come together for the development and implementation of a “Single portal and Single return,” by the Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL) for ease of doing business, and harmonization of sales tax, Business Recorder reported on Monday.

The news report said that the provincial revenue authorities have also asked the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to move quickly for the completion of the task.

Quoting sources, the report said that the decision had been taken during the latest meeting of the Inter-Provincial Sales Tax Coordination Committee (IPSTCC), which met in Karachi on October 17, 2020, to identify the variations in the substantive and procedural sales tax law for harmonization, with a view to improving the ease of doing business in the country.

The meeting was hosted by the Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) and was attended by the chairpersons of the SRB and the Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA), along with all members of the SRB, and representatives of the Balochistan Revenue Authority (BRA).

Officers of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority (KPRA) joined the meeting virtually. The representatives of the Pakistan Software House Association (PASHA) supported by the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, were also invited to the meeting.

The IPSTCC decided to develop a working paper for harmonization of the tax rates for the inter-provincial services (provided from one province to another province), and make recommendations for reduced tax rate slabs within the existing framework of the provincial sales tax laws.

The committee also reviewed the schedules of taxable services given in the sales tax laws of the four provinces and aimed for ensuring uniformity of description and classification. A roadmap was also developed for developing a working paper and implementation of the “negative list” regime for sales tax on services.

The tasks for completion and implementation of the single portal operations were mutually distributed among the four tax authorities in order to ensure expeditious outcomes of the said decisions, the news report said.

The next meeting of the IPSTCC will be held in Lahore in the second week of November 2020.

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