The National Board of Revenue has instructed its field offices to issue online business identification number within three working days of getting application from businesses to expedite the issuance of BIN.
Value-added tax wing of the NBR on Monday also sought information related to the number of businesses reregistered or having BINs under the new VAT and Supplementary Duty Act-2012 following a very slow progress in issuing new BINs.
According to the NBR data, only around 20,000 traders either obtained fresh online BINs or updated their previously obtained e-BINs since July after the NBR issued a directive to update the status of e-BINs in line with the new law.
A total of 1.66 lakh businesses obtained e-BINs till June 30 this year from the NBR’s online BIN registration system introduced in March, 2017.
Officials said that around 80 per cent of VAT-registered traders were yet to update their BINs.
Even a good number of regular VAT-paying business entities have also not obtained BINs under the new system, they said, adding that more than 32,000 businesses submitted their VAT returns regularly.
They said that businesses were facing difficulties in getting BINs, commonly known as VAT registration number, as, in many cases, their applications remained pending with the field-level VAT offices while the internet speed at the offices was also too slow to handle huge number of applications.
Although traders are supposed to obtain BIN certificates online after submitting applications and the newly introduced form in the online platform of VAT Online Project, they have been asked to visit field offices with documents, including hard copy of application and copy of notification generated by the online system.
In this context, the NBR on Monday asked the field offices to ensure providing VAT registration certificates online through the e-email address provided by the applicants within three days of getting applications.
In a letter to VAT commissioners across the country, the NBR also instructed to take measures to bring businesses that previously received 11-digt e-BINs under the reregistration process through which the NBR will issue 13-digit new BINs.
It also sought data related to the number of VAT registered businesses under the old VAT law and new VAT law by next three days.
Officials said that commissioners were also asked to remain alert so that BIN registration process could not create any impediment to revenue collection.
Earlier on August 19, the NBR issued a strong warning to field-level VAT officials against asking traders to visit offices for VAT registration certificates, they said.
The NBR will take stern action against officials who will violate the instructions, they added.
They said that the NBR had received many allegations from traders that their applications remained pending for even more than one month.
In some offices, several hundred applications remained pending for verification due to several reasons including slow internet speed, transfer of officials concerned and negligence of the officials, they added.
As per the process, traders first submit their applications in the online platform of VAT Online Project for BINs. The system forwards the application to the field-level VAT offices, known as divisional offices, for verification.
A VAT registration certificate is issued online once the verification process is completed.
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