Foodpanda welcomes PRA tax concession to homechefs

Foodpanda welcomes PRA tax concession to homechefs

LAHORE: Foodpanda, an online food delivery platform, has welcomed the reduction in sales tax by Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) to homechefs – people operating from their homes.

In order to create a favorable business environment, the PRA decided to reduce sales tax on services being charged on commissions for home-based chefs.

The rebate reduced sales tax from 16 per cent to 5 per cent, allowing better profitability and growth potential for home chefs operating on online food delivery platforms such as foodpanda.

Home chefs are essentially people operating out of their home kitchens who sell food through online platforms such as foodpanda. The online food delivery company currently has 5,000+ registered home chefs who have been taken on board after stringent routine checks for food hygiene, quality, safety, packaging, etc. The company’s aim is to increase the home chefs base in the next two years and take it up to 100,000 registered home chefs.

Nauman Sikandar, CEO foodpanda, while sharing his thoughts said: “A big thank you to the Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) from foodpanda and our home chefs. The reduction in sales tax being charged on commissions for home-based chefs comes as a welcome respite.

“This move will help grow a new sector which has significant potential for financial and economic inclusion, specifically women economic empowerment. It would be ideal that other provinces also follow suit and implement the same for home chefs.”

Shahzadi Asghar, a registered home chef at foodpanda, while sharing her gratitude said, “It’s very difficult to do business in today’s situation, that too a home-based business. Thanks to foodpanda and PRA that sales tax is now reduced by 11 per cent which in turn has significantly improved our margins. I am now thinking to expand my food venture with this favorable initiative.”

The visionary step by the Punjab Government must be supported by other provinces as the sector continues to grow exponentially across the country.