I wish to congratulate you that due to continous efforts of the team you have elected under me and our strong advocacy, we have successfully pleaded your case to get urgent relief on account of payment of Sales Tax refunds pending since long.
I may also share with you that delegation of business community, including me, met Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in Islamabad, wherein it was stressed and strongly demanded that Sales Tax refund cases be cleared at the earliest to provide immediate relief to the exporters. The Prime Minister was kind enough to instruct Chairman FBR, who was also present in the meeting, to release maximum amount for clearing refund claims.
In this regard, we also held meeting with the Chief Commissioner (Inland Revenue), Regional Tax Office Sialkot, on October 27, 2017, to discuss critical issues including pendency of Sales Tax refunds of exporters of Sialkot. I am pleased to inform that Department has issued Sales Tax refunds of Rs.160 million of cases where Refund Payment Orders (RPOs) were issued until August 31, 2017.
I assure you that the Sialkot Chamber is making rigorous efforts to resolve all the issues of the business community and get maximum benefit for them from the Government functionaries and others related to trade and industry.
With best regards,
ZAHID LATIF MALIK
The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry