President asks FBR to recover Rs14.4mn in bogus tax refunds

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to recover Rs14.421 million in a bogus tax refunds case.
The President on Friday rejected FBR’s representation against the order of Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) in a case of bogus tax refunds worth over Rs14 million made to a fake registered person.
The President upheld FTO’s decision against the irregularities committed by FBR field formations in registering, processing, sanctioning and issuing sales tax refunds to fake RPs during the period 2012-13.
President Alvi in his decision wrote that it is surprising and shocking that FBR failed to investigate fake claims where refunds have already been made in full connivance with FBR officials”.
Expressing strong displeasure over the scam, he said, “How can we afford not to recover and criminally charge the fraudsters?”
It is worth stating that FBR has filed 74 similar representations with the office of the President against the orders of FTO. Out of 74 representations, 22 cases have been decided while 52 are still awaiting adjudication. Furthermore, FBR had allowed Rs875.277 million to be paid to fake RPs, of which a payment

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