ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has updated income tax rate on dividend received from a company during tax year 2021 (July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2021).
The FBR issued Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (updated up to June 30, 2020) incorporating amendments brought through Finance Act, 2020. The FBR updated following rate of dividend tax:
The rate of tax imposed under section 5 on dividend received from a company shall be-
(a) 7.5 percent in the case of dividends paid by Independent Power Producers where such dividend is a pass through item under an Implementation Agreement or Power Purchase Agreement or Energy Purchase Agreement and is required to be re-imbursed by Central Power Purchasing (CPPA-G) or its predecessor or successor entity.
(b) 15 percent in mutual funds and cases other than those mentioned in clauses (a) and (c).
(c) 25 percent in case of a person receiving dividend from a company where no tax payable by such company, due to exemption of income or carry forward of business losses under Part VIII of Chapter III or claim of tax credits under Part X of Chapter III.
Section 5 of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 explains tax on dividends as:
Section 5. Tax on dividends.— (1) Subject to this Ordinance, a tax shall be imposed, at the rate specified in Division III of Part I of the First Schedule, on every person who receives a dividend from a company or treated as dividend under clause (19) of section 2.
(2) The tax imposed under sub-section (1) on a person who receives a dividend shall be computed by applying the relevant rate of tax to the gross amount of the dividend.
(3) This section shall not apply to a dividend that is exempt from tax under this Ordinance.