ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday announced to withdraw tax exemptions to the tune of Rs343 billion through a mini-budget. In this regard a supplementary finance bill was tabled at National Assembly.
The government has proposed to withdraw tax exemptions worth Rs343 billion mainly from the sales tax, which is consumption tax and may affect the life of common men.
However, Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin in post -mini-budget conference said the government had proposed to withdraw tax exemptions of Rs 343 billion out of which Rs 272 billion taxes were refundable or adjustable, while the actual new taxes were only Rs 71 billion out of which Rs 69 billion taxes were about luxury items.
“We have proposed only Rs 2 billion tax exemptions on the items that can be related to the common man which would have a very negligible impact on inflation,” he said while addressing a press conference here after presenting the supplementary finance bill in the parliament.
The minister said the Rs 112 billion tax exemptions on machinery, and Rs 160 billion tax exemptions on pharma sector would totally be refundable or adjustable.
He said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had asked us to impose Rs 700 billion new taxes but “We defended not to impose taxes on a number of food and other essential items and brought it down to Rs 343 billion”.
He said in the past unjustified taxes were exempted on various items that were being withdrawn.
The minister was flanked by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib and Chairman Federal Board of Revenue Dr Muhammad Ashfaq.