Sectoral analysis shows massive decline in sales tax from OMCs

Sectoral analysis shows massive decline in sales tax from OMCs

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has conducted sectoral analysis to identify reasons behind shortfall in revenue collection. The analysis showed massive decline in sales tax from Oil Market Companies (OMCs) during July – January 2019/2020.

According to official documents, the collection of sales tax from OMCs was at Rs13.56 billion during first seven months of current fiscal year as compared with Rs18.94 billion in the corresponding period of the last year, showing 28 percent decline.

The fall in sales tax collection from OMCs is much higher than the decline in domestic sales of the oil market companies. The domestic oil sales fell by 10 percent to 10.14 million tons during the period under review as compared with 11.3 million tons in the same period of the last fiscal year.

The analysis also revealed that the collection of sales tax from iron and steel products declined by 29 percent to Rs4.93 billion as compared with Rs6.92 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.

Similarly, the collection of sales tax from sales of motor cars fell by 43 percent to Rs2.22 billion during first seven months of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs3.86 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

Reportedly, the FBR is facing huge shortfall in revenue collection to achieve current fiscal year revenue target. The FBR was assigned Rs5.55 trillion target at the start of current fiscal year. However, this target was revised downwards to Rs5.238 trillion.

The FBR provisionally collected Rs2,400 billion during first seven months of current fiscal year as compared with Rs2,067 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.

The revenue authority is required another Rs2,828 billion in remaining five months to achieve the collection target.

The FBR conducted analysis of 11 sectors, which included: OMCs, Iron and Steel Products; natural gas; auto parts; motor cars; motor cycles; tea; ceramic tiles; pickle in oil; printing industries; and storage batteries.

All the above sectors have shown decline in sales tax during the period under review.

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