KARACHI: The application of withholding tax on cars / motor vehicles that are sold without registration shall pay additional withholding income tax.
According to the Finance Bill, 2021 the withholding tax in addition to registration/transfer would be applicable and the same would be collected by the motor vehicle registration authority of Excise and Taxation Department if manufactured motor vehicles sold prior to registration by the person who originally purchased it from the local manufacturer.
Tax analysts at KPMG Taseer Hadi Chartered Accountants said that Tax Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 inserted sub-section (2A) in Section 231B, whereby, every motor vehicle registration authority of Excise and Taxation Department shall collect advance tax at the time of sale of such vehicles from buyers of locally manufactured vehicles who sell the vehicles within 90 days of taking delivery from the local manufacturers/assemblers, whether or not registered by the respective authorities.
The rates of withholding tax on motor vehicles sold prior registration are:
Up to 1000CC: Rs50,000
1000CC to 2000CC: Rs100,000
2000CC and above: Rs200,000
The tax analysts said that above rates were applicable till June 30, 2021.
However, the Finance Bill, 2021 proposed to continue the provision. However, the restriction of 90 days is proposed to be done away with.