Pakistan reintroduces advance tax on foreign payments

Pakistan reintroduces advance tax on foreign payments

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reintroduced advance tax on foreign payments made through credit, debit or prepaid cards. The advance tax has been revived through Finance Bill, 2022.

The country presented its federal budget 2022/2023 on June 10, 2022 and made several amendments in tax laws to broaden tax base and plug revenue leakages.

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The Finance Bill, 2022 proposed to reintroduce Section 236Y of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. The section was omitted through Finance Act, 2021.

Following is the proposed amendment in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001:

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“236Y. Advance tax on persons remitting amounts abroad through credit or debit or prepaid cards.—(1) Every banking company shall collect advance tax, at the time of transfer of any sum remitted outside Pakistan, on behalf of any person who has completed a credit card or debit card or prepaid card transaction with a person outside Pakistan at the rate specified in Division XXVII of Part IV of the First Schedule.

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(2) The advance tax collected under this section shall be adjustable.”

The Finance Bill 2022 proposed advance tax rate on amount remitted abroad through credit, debit or prepaid cards under section 236Y shall be 1 per cent of the gross amount remitted abroad.

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