Budget 2019/2020 with massive tax burden presented

ISLAMABAD: The present government on Tuesday presented its first budget with total outlay of Rs 7,022 billion for the fiscal year 2019-2020, registering growth of 30 percent against the revised budget of Rs 5.385 trillion for current fiscal year (2018-2019).

State Minister for Revenues Hammad Azhar presented the budget in the National Assembly, amid protest by the Opposition parties.

The minister said that total federal revenues have been estimated at Rs 6,717 billion which is 19 percent higher than the previous year’s revenues of Rs 5,661 billion.

The collection of revenues by Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), he said are estimated to be recorded at Rs 5,555 billion which are 12.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In order to achieve the revenue collection target the government introduced massive budgetary measures across the board.

The minister of state said out of total revenue collections, an amount of Rs 3.255 trillion would be distributed among the provinces under 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award which is 32 percent higher than the current year’s share of Rs 2.465 trillion.

He said Net Federal Revenues for the upcoming fiscal year have been estimated at Rs 3.46 trillion against the revenues of Rs 3.07 trillion during current fiscal year which is 13 percent higher.

Similarly, he said the federal budget deficit would be Rs 3.56 trillion whereas the provincial budget surplus is estimated to be at Rs 423 billion for the year 2019-2020.

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