Chairman Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association meets Chief Commissioner, RTO

Karachi, May 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): Mr. Abdul Wahid Bandukda, Chairman, PRGMEA Sub-Committee on Sales Tax and Custom Affairs, met Mr. Muhammad Anwar Goraya, Chief Commissioner, RTO, Karachi on Thursday regarding Sales Tax issues of the exporters. On this Occasion Mr. Shaikh Mohammad Shafiq, Chairman SZ, Mr. Arshad Aziz and some prominent members were also present.

The Chief Commissioner heard grievances of the exporters in details and assured to resolve their pending claims immediately and instructed the Additional Collectors and the Deputy Colloecter to issue the Refund Payment Order (RPO) immediately.

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.

Mr Abdul Wahid Bandukda, informed that 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.

In the meeting 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 e-filing.

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 matter and will withdraw the objections of Non Zero Rated issue on merit so they may avail the 2% (earlier 0%) concerssionery rate of sales tax along with the Five Zero rated sectors.

In addition the Chief Commissioner accepted invitation from the Chairman Sub Committee PRGMEA 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. The meeting was concluded with vote of thanks by Shaikh Mohammad Shafiq.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA)
18-A Shaheen View Building, Block-VI, P.E.C.H.S.,
Karachi-75400, Pakistan
Tel: +9221 3454 9073, +9221 3454 7912
Fax: +9221 3453 9669

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