ISLAMABAD: The federal government has announced a reduction of sales tax rate by 31.5 per cent on supply of High Speed Diesel (HSD). The rate sales tax on HSD has been reduced in order to lower the impact of higher prices pass on to the consumer.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) issued SRO 1225(I)/2021 dated September 18, 2021 to notify the reduction in sales tax on HSD.
According to the SRO the sales tax rate on HSD has been reduced to 11.64 per cent from previous level of 17.00 per cent.
Previously, the FBR issued SRO 1072(I)/2021 dated August 26, 2021 to revise the sales tax on petroleum products.
In the latest SRO only sales tax rate on HSD has been reduced. The sales tax rates on other petroleum products have been kept unchanged. The sales tax rates on petroleum products are: Petrol 10.54 per cent; HSD 11.64 per cent; Kerosene oil 6.70 per cent; Light Diesel Oil 0.20 per cent.
It is worth mentioning that the federal government on September 15, 2021 announced an increase in the prices of petroleum products.
With the announcement the petrol prices have gone up to the all-time high level. However, it is even more important that the sales tax rates are on the lowest side when compared with the rates applicable during year 2015.
The government has increased latest prices owing to fluctuations in petroleum prices in the international market and exchange rate variation.
Following are the rates of petroleum products, which will take effect from September 16, 2021:
The rate of petrol has been increased by Rs5 to Rs123.30 per liter from Rs118.30.
The rate of high-speed diesel has been increased by Rs5.01 to Rs120.04 per liter from Rs115.03.
The rate of kerosene oil has been increased by Rs5.46 to Rs92.26 per liter from Rs86.80.
The rate of light diesel oil has been increased by Rs5.92 to Rs90.69 from Rs84.77.
In the latest SRO 1225(I)/2021 dated September 18, 2021, the sales tax rates on petroleum products are: Petrol 10.54 per cent; HSD 11.64 per cent; Kerosene oil 6.70 per cent; Light Diesel Oil 0.20 per cent.
The present sales tax rates on petroleum products are much lower when compared with sales tax rates prevailed about six years ago. The FBR issued SRO 963(I)/2015 dated September 30, 2015. The sales tax rates under this SRO are: Petrol 26 per cent; Kerosene 30 per cent; High Speed Diesel 50 per cent; Light Diesel Oil 29.50 per cent.