Sales tax collection from POL products falls by 40%

Sales tax collection from POL products falls by 40%

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has recorded a decline of 40 per cent in sales tax (ST) collection on petroleum (POL) products during the first half of the current fiscal year, according to official documents made available to PkRevenue.com

According to the official statistics, the collection of sales tax fell to Rs69 billion during July – December of fiscal year 2021/2022 as compared with Rs114.60 billion collected in the same period of the last fiscal year.

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The decline in revenue collection from petroleum products mainly attributed to lower rates of sales tax kept by the government in order to provide relief to the masses by not passing on the actual increase in petroleum prices as surge in international markets.

The flat rate of sales tax is 17 per cent. However, the government decided to keep the rate of sales tax on petroleum products to the minimum level. According to SRO 1839i0/2022 issued on February 10, 2022, the sales tax rates have been reduced as: petrol 0.79 per cent; high speed diesel 3.17 per cent, kerosene oil 5.30 per cent and light diesel oil at zero per cent.

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The fall in sales tax collection from supply of petroleum products resulted decline in collection of sales tax on domestic supply.

The overall sales tax collection on domestic supplies fell by 6.2 per cent to Rs382.68 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs408.13 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

However, the fall in sales tax collection domestic was offset by the massive growth in collection of sales tax on imports. The sales tax collection on imports surged by 75.4 per cent to Rs892.30 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs508.61 billion in the corresponding half of the last fiscal year.

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The growth in sales tax collection on imports can be attributed to sharp jump in imports and massive decline in rupee value.

The import bill of the country registered a growth of 66.23 per cent to $40.65 billion during first half of the current fiscal year as compared with $24.45 billion in the corresponding half of the last fiscal year.

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Similarly, the Pak Rupee (PKR) fell sharply by Rs18.97 to the dollar during the first half of the current fiscal year. The rupee ended down by 12.04 per cent from Rs157.54 to the dollar on June 30, 2021 to Rs176.51 on December 31, 2021.

The overall sales tax collection however, recorded 39.1 per cent to Rs1.27 trillion during the first half of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs916 billion in the corresponding half of the last fiscal year.

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