ARY Communications Limited has been served a notice of Rs. 992 million by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
The legal notice was served after ARY Communications failed to respond to the accusations made by the FBR.
FBR investigation states:
A Dubai-based firm named ARY FZLLC undertook transactions with Pakistan-based ARY Communications and ARY Films and TV Productions under a business agreement.
The investigation further found that in order to evade fresh tax demand, ARY tampered with previously submitted agreement documents as well.
…other consequential proceedings of penalty and prosecution will be initiated separately.
Furthermore, FBR revealed that the Dubai-based firm ARY FZLLC collected transactions from Pakistan-based ARY Communications and ARY Films and TV Productions under a business agreement.
Regarding this fraudulent tripartite scheme, FBR stated:
All three companies are in a tripartite agreement with regard to purchasing of products from Pakistan and selling to M/s ARY Communication Limited. This agreement allows all three parties to settle/adjust their outstanding balances at each financial year i.e. 30th June.
ARY claimed to have exported locally produced content to the offshore entity to evade local taxes. However, the content was then bought from the same Dubai-based entity, ARY FZLLC, and then telecasted in Pakistan. This enabled ARY to make transactions of billions without being subjected to taxes.
According to local media reports, the ARY group has only responded to one of the four allegations made by FBR. The entity further claimed that FBR has made the allegations based on “whims, assumptions and guesswork.”