Fixed tax rates for retailers, payable through electricity bills

Fixed tax rates for retailers, payable through electricity bills

ISLAMABAD: The government has announced a fixed tax regime for small retailers, which will be collected their monthly electricity bills.

The fixed tax regime has been proposed through budget 2022/2023, which was announced on June 10, 2022.

Through Finance Bill, 2022 amendment has been made to Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 to propose special provisions relating to payment of tax through electricity connections.

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Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on the floor of the house while presenting the federal budget said a fixed tax regime for small retailers is being proposed wherein tax will be collected along with electricity bills along with simplified registration and reporting regime.

“The proposed tax will range from Rs.3000 to Rs.10,000 and this will be a final discharge of tax liability. I can reassure the business community that FBR will not probe further after payment of the fixed tax by a retailer,” the minister added.

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Through the Finance Bill, 2022 a new Section 99A has been inserted to the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, which is as follow:

“99A. Special provisions relating to payment of tax through electricity connections.

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Ordinance, a tax shall be charged and collected from retailers other than Tier-I retailers as defined in Sales Tax Act, 1990 (VII of 1990) and specified service providers on commercial electricity connections at the rates provided in clause (2A) of Division IV, Part IV of the First Schedule.

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(2) A retailer who has paid sales tax under sub-section (9) of section 3 of Sales Tax Act, 1990 (VII of 1990), shall not be required to pay tax under this section and the sales tax so paid shall constitute discharge of tax liability under this section.

(3) The tax collected or paid under this section shall be final tax on the income of persons covered under this section in respect of business being carried out from the premises where the electricity connection is installed.

(4) For the purposes of this section, Board with the approval of the Minister in-charge may issue an income tax general order to-

(a) provide the scope, time, payment, recovery, penalty, default surcharge, adjustment or refund of tax payable under this section in such manner and with such conditions as may be specified.

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(b) provide record keeping, filing of return, statement and assessment in such manner and with such conditions as may be specified;

(c) provide mechanism of collection, deduction and payment of tax in respect of any person; or

(d) include or exempt any person or classes of persons, any income or classes of income from the application of this section, in such manner and with such conditions as may be specified.”

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The rate of tax leviable under section (99A), and collectable under sub section (1A) of Section 235 shall be as under:-

Gross amount of monthly billTax
Where the amount does not exceed Rs. 30,000Rs. 3000
Where the amount exceeds Rs. 30,000 but does not exceed Rs. 50,000Rs. 5000
Where the amount exceeds Rs. 50,000 but doesnot exceed Rs. 100,000Rs. 10,000
Specified retailers and service providers through Income Tax General OrderRs.50,000

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