KARACHI: Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) has suggested the tax authorities to introduce grandfather provisions for tax treatment of listed companies.
In its proposals for budget 2022/2023 submitted to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the stock exchange recommended grandfather provision for tax treatment of companies, which list on the PSX.
The stock exchange said in view of strong structural reforms in the capital market, companies in Pakistan have immense potential to raise funds from the capital market. This will result in greater documentation of the economy and increased tax revenue. At the same time this will help to grow the capital markets, provide attractive investment opportunities and hence improve the savings and investment rates in Pakistan. Listed companies become part of the documented, regulated and formal corporate sector. Hence, PSX is continuously endeavoring to encourage listings.
It is proposed that in order to encourage companies to list, their tax status should be grandfathered at the time of listing application i.e. no new cases for past tax returns should be opened, except for such pending cases on which proceedings have already been initiated under the Ordinance, before the date of listing application, will continue as per the provisions of law.
It is well known that a large part of Pakistan’s economy is undocumented and a significant number of companies operate in the informal sector. This will encourage such companies, particularly SMEs, to become documented and start paying taxes, without the fear that past tax returns or lack of them will be questioned. Moving forward they will be documented and paying full tax. Hence, this will be a significant revenue positive measure.
Part IV of Second Schedule of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 shall include the following clause:
“The provision of section 122, section 176 and section 177 shall not be applicable to those taxpayers being companies which opt for enlistment on the Main or GEM Board of Pakistan Stock Exchange, except such pending cases on which the proceedings have already been initiated under the Ordinance, before the date of listing application, will continue as per the provisions of law.”