The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday said its field offices would remain open to receive monthly VAT returns from businesses during the days of restrictions imposed by the government to slow the spread of coronavirus infections.
In an order, it said firms have to furnish statements of their monthly transactions to the field offices of value added tax (VAT) within 15 days of next month.
Delay in submission of returns and deposit of VAT on sales is subject to fines and interest, said the NBR.
To help taxpayers avoid the penalty, customs, VAT and excise offices have been kept open during the period of lockdown, it said.
Taxpayers will be able to file VAT returns by following health guidelines, it said.
The NBR kept its VAT offices open from April 12 to April 15 last year to facilitate submission of VAT returns after the government announced a general holiday and shutdown to battle the pandemic.
Later, it extended deadline for submission of returns as many taxpayers could not file returns timely.