Withholding Tax Card: non-ATL persons to pay 30pc tax on dividend income

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued withholding tax card for tax year 2019/2020 effective from July 01, 2019 under which person not appearing on the Active Taxpayers List (ATL) shall pay up to 30 percent on dividend income.

According to documents made available to PkRevenue.com, the FBR said that every person paying dividend shall collect withholding tax under Section 150 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 at the time the dividend is actually paid.

The following rates shall be applicable for tax year 2019/2020:

(a) In the case of dividend paid by Independent Power Purchasers (IPPs) whereas such dividend is a pass through item under an Implementation Agreement or Power Purchase Agreement or Energy Purchase Agreement and is required to be reimbursed by Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA-G) or its predecessor or successor entity:

The tax rate shall be 7.5 percent and in case persons not appearing in the ATL the applicable tax rate is to be increased by 100 percent (Rule-1 of Tenth Schedule to the Ordinance), i.e. 15 percent.

(b) In cases other than mentioned at (a) above the tax rate shall be 15 percent and if persons not appearing in the Active Taxpayers’ List the rate of tax required to be deducted/collected, as the case may be, is to be increased by 100 percent of the above (as specified in the First Schedule to the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (updated as per Finance Act, 2019), i.e. 30 percent.

The FBR further said that special purpose vehicle, company shall collect withholding tax under Section 150A of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 from Sukuk holders on payment of gross amount of return on investment.

On Payment of return on investment in Sukuks:

a) In case the Sukuk- holder is a company, the tax rate shall be 15 percent and if persons not appearing in the Active Taxpayers’ List the applicable tax rate is to be increased by 100 percent (Rule-1 of Tenth Schedule to the Ordinance), i.e. 30 percent.

b) In case the Sukuk – holder is an individual or an association of person, if the return on investment is more than one million, the tax rate shall be 12.5 percent and if persons not appearing in the Active Taxpayers’ List then the applicable tax rate is to be increased by 100 percent (Rule-1 of Tenth Schedule to the Ordinance), i.e. 25 percent.

c) In case the Sukuk – holder is an individual and an association of person, if the return on investment is less than one million, the tax rate shall be 10 percent and if persons not appearing in the Active Taxpayers’ List then the applicable tax rate is to be increased by 100 percent (Rule-1 of Tenth Schedule to the Ordinance), i.e. 20 percent.

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