Non-ATL persons to pay double amount of withholding tax on prize bond winning

ISLAMABAD: The government has increased withholding tax by 100 percent on winning of prize bonds for persons not on Active Taxpayers List (ATL).

Through Finance Bill 2019 the government has deleted the term ‘non-filers’ and imposed 100 percent withholding tax on persons not on the ATL, which contains names of persons file their returns by due date of a tax year.

The rate of withholding tax on prize bond, cross-word puzzle and prize on winnings remains unchanged, however, the categorized rates of non-filer are proposed to be abolished.

The amendment proposed through the Finance Bill 2019, the rate of withholding tax on winning of prize bonds and other lottery schemes shall be:

The rate of tax to be deducted under section 156 on a prize on prize bond or cross-word puzzle shall be 15 percent of the gross amount paid.

The rate of tax to be deducted under section 156 on winnings from a raffle, lottery, prize on winning a quiz, prize offered by a company for promotion of sale, shall be 20 percent of the gross amount paid.

For the person winning the prize but not on the ATL shall pay double the amount as withholding tax.

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