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Budget 2020-21 Highlights

Here are budget 2020-21 highlights:

1- No new tax to give relief to people
2- Ahsas program to continue by increased budget
3- To improve tax collection
4- To decrease in govt. expenditure
5- To improve subsidy system
6- Poverty elevation program
7- Higher education budget increased
8- Measures taken to improve remittances
9- Kamyab Naujawan program budget introduced
10- To improve public services through E-governance
11- Artist welfare fund increase
12- Inflation to be decrease
13- FBI increase by 25%
14- To improve health services by ICT
15- To open smart schools
TAXES :
16- POS of retailer business to increase
17- 14% to 12% sales tax on retailers
18- Hotel minimum tax decrease to 0.5% July to September
19- Fixed tax scheme introduced for Small and medium businesses
20- Export rebate, to direct transfer in business bank accounts
21- Raw Material fully exempt from custom duty to respective nature of businesses having 20000 items
22- Custom duty of 200 items in tariff line decrease
23- PRD to decrease
24- Poor people benefits — corona—supplements etc to be exempted from duties and taxes
25- Custom official powers has been decreased
26- Inclusive of advance ruling methods in custom law
27- Unregistered sales tax person—CNIC condition from 50 thousand to one lakh
28- Covid 19 sales items exemption period increased
29- 237 sro for relief extended for further 3 months
30- 11th schedule of sales tax to improve
31- Increase in FED in all type of cigarettes and its articles increased to 100%
32- Caffine items FED from 13 to 25%
33- Double pick up FED to be taxed as other vehicles
34- 17% sales tax on potassium cholaride decrease

35- 14% sales tax decrease to 12% of big retailers
36- Wastage to fixed in manufacturing business
37- 12 schedule sales tax of VAT—manufacturers no sales tax
38- Cement sector decrease from 2 to 1.75 per kilo
39- If Appeal than reference can be made to following years
40- ADRC law to be change
41- STAY provision to be made in ADRC
42- FED law to be enhanced
43- Sales tax act 9th schedule mobile phone manufacture decrease in sales tax
44- E Audit / video link introduced for audit
45- Online sharing of assess data introduced
46- WHT Regime to delete 9 sectors (Education and marriage hall etc)
47- Commercial importer and manufacturer importing on raw material and machinery from 5.5 top 2% and 1%
48- Machinery examination certificate abolished
49- Aop and individual allowed expenditure to be claimed against property Income
50- Foreign remittances transfer from one bank to another – no tax on that
51- Tax Refund procedure – now changed – one centralized system introduced
52- 152 WHT of non resident for Hajj Companies
53- Advance tax abolished under section 231b and 234 on rickshaw and cars
54- Advance tax payment threshold increased
55- Exemption certificate through automation system
56- Schedule 12 Exemption certificate for advance tax to be produced by person who had already paid advance tax
57- RIET residential properties CGT period extended
58- Free Zone benefits also to be given modern developers
59- To simple law and business only for PE tax deduction to be made
60- Tax deduction under section 235 now fully adjustable
61- Inclusion in Active tax payer list, proper enquiry to be conducted
62- Automatic return process system to be introduce for any error in return if any
63- For and increase in data base and WHT 236V to be introduce
64- Non resident and resident tax should be same
65- Purchase and leased vehicle threshold to be same
66- Depreciation to be as per best international practice
67- NPO status per 2nd schedule section 100C condition to be strictly followed and only those NPO be there who benefits the community in general
68- 10% tax to be paid while filing appeal
69- Auto system advance tax to introduce through IRIS by 5th of every advance tax due date
70- CGT on Immoveable property decrease from 5 years to 4 years
71- Non Resident- royalty, fees etc to be decrease

72- FTR to be filed with section 114
73- Appeal fees increased
74- Section 165 WHT for bio annual now to be filed by 3 months instead of 6 months
75- Immoveable taxation CGT from 8 to 4 years and every year decrease by 25%

Further refer to salient features and brief of budget.
Courtesy :
Adnan Saeed Advocate High Court
A S Law Associates

What Is Value Added Tax (VAT)?

Value Added Tax

Value Added Tax is a consumption tax that is levied on a product whenever it is added to the price at every stage of the supply chain from production to sales. The VAT that the consumer pays is on the cost of the product, less than the price of the material used in the product that has already been taxed.

Scope of VAT:

Value Added Tax is usually expressed as a percentage of the total cost and increases government revenue without punishing success or wealth. VAT covers the supply of both goods and services (including imported) at a uniform rate of 15% unless subject to VAT exemption. Businesses with an annual turnover of less than Rs 7.5 lakh will be out of the VAT net.

Advantages of VAT:

  1. VAT offers more benefits than the national sales tax as :

  2. It is very easy to track.

  3. Exact tax is levied on every step of production.

  4. Furthermore, because VAT is only levied on every price increase, it is not a sale of a product itself due to which it ensures that no double tax has been levied on the same product.

Also Read: What is Withholding tax?

Impact of VAT on Improving Economy Documentation And Revenue Collection:

All commercial activities related to rallies, production, and distribution of goods and provision of services are brought under the tax net which is tolerated to the extent of default registration. As a result of documenting each body in the supply chain. People who are not registered in the chain are not in a position to claim or deduct the tax paid at the purchase level. VAT promotes financial documents using its built-in invoice-based credit mechanism. The tax invoice is a bloodline of documents related to VAT. VAT includes self-enforced features and business transaction documents through tax invoicing.

Source: Investopedia




‘Business activities to continue till May 31 as per notified timings’

Business activities all over Sindh will continue till May 31 as per the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, said Minister for Information Syed Nasir Shah in a statement issued here on Thursday.

The federal government, in consultation with all the provincial governments, has imposed a lockdown till May 31. The Supreme Court, hearing a suo motu case (No. 01 of 2020) on May 18 had given directions that the business activities would continue to operate on all days till May 31.

The National Coordination Committee is scheduled to meet under the prime minister within the next two days to decide on what to do regarding the lockdown. Therefore, till May 31, the business activities would continue to operate as usual as per the timings ordered by the Sindh government through a home department’s notification.

Source: The News

Documenting economy: FBR urged to use data of bourse, the property market

Pakistan Business Council (PBC) has asked the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to use stock market/property data and the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) information for documenting the economy and providing a level-playing field to the domestic manufacturing from the next fiscal year.

According to the budget proposals of the PBC for 2020-21, the FBR has got access to financial data in various forms including the monthly statements submitted by withholding tax agents of the various withholding deductions made by them.

This can be a start to bringing new taxpayers in the net.

In addition, the FBR has also collected data about tax paid by non-filers on property and on gains made in the stock market.

The information as per statement filed under Section 165A and the NADRA records are also available.

This can be a start to bringing new taxpayers in the net, the PBC added.

The number of taxpayers needs to be increased; the narrow taxpayer base is leading to greater pressure on the existing taxpayers.

An increase in the tax base will reduce the FBR’s ever increasing reliance on existing taxpayers, it proposed.

The monthly sales declared by commercial importers should be matched with sales declared in annual income tax return as well as the credit entries in all business bank accounts.

In case of any discrepancy, reconciliation with justifiable reasons should be submitted by the commercial importers.

Online CREST system must be amended in a way to trace sales along with value addition, thereon of person to whom supplies were made by the commercial importers.

The PBC has proposed that the concept of separate withholding tax rates for filers and non-filers was introduced as a measure for increasing documentation of the economy.

Though large amounts are being collected from non-filers, no effort has been made to increase the tax base.

Non-filers for the most part have built the cost of this government levy into pricing and passed it on to their customers.

The withholding tax regime should be simplified by reducing the number of rates significantly.

The current withholding tax guide available on the FBR website is a 76-page document, clearly shows the complexity of the regime from compliance and ease of doing business.

There needs to be a significant distinction in the withholding income tax rates charged from non-filers vs the rates for filers.

Across the board, massive under-invoicing and dumping of imported products have been increasing.

Information regarding values at which various custom check posts clear import consignments is not publicly available.

This encourages unscrupulous importers to under-declare the value of consignments to evade government revenues, it proposed.

In order to broaden the tax base and to achieve an increase in overall tax collection without burdening existing taxpayers, the policy to increase the tax on non-filers/unregistered persons should be implemented specifically in the following cases:

a) unregistered industrial/commercial entities (not having STRN) having bill amount in excess of Rs20,000 per month, extra sales tax should be increased from five percent to 20 percent.

b) After collection of extra tax as referred above for a continuous period of six months, all these connections should be provisionally converted into NTN and STRNs and return filings from these connections should be enforced.

c) In case of provisional registration as above, utility companies be directed to issue show cause notices where annual billing amount exceeds Rs2.4 million and directing provisionally registered persons to obtain permanent registration.

In case of non-compliance, utility companies be directed to disconnect utility connections.

d) Moreover, in order to bring all commercial/industrial users in the tax net and to verify filer status, electric distribution companies should provide one year to all such consumers to get their NTN registered with electricity distribution companies.

In case of failure to provide NTN, electricity connection should be disconnected.

Considering the fact that all industrial/commercial connections will be linked with the NTN, the tax department will then be in a better position to assess the electricity consumed by commercial/industrial users and corroborate the same with amount of sales/production etc. reported in sales tax/income tax return.

e) In order to bring all commercial/industrial users in the tax net and to verify filer status, electric distribution companies should provide one year to all such consumers to get their NTN registered with them.

Thereafter, such commercial/industrial consumers without NTN should be charged advance income tax at 30 percent (from existing 12 percent) on their utility bills.

Those with NTN but non-filer status be charged at 20 percent WHT.

f) Residential consumers be made liable to provide NTN in case electricity bill amount exceeds Rs1.2 million per year or levy advance income tax withholding of 20 percent.

g) All exemptions (like exemption on agricultural income) under the Income Tax Law should only be made available to filers, so that exempt income is also reported and wealth is reconciled.

h) Withholding tax on international business class tickets under Section 236L is same Rs16,000 for filer and non-filer, it should be increased to Rs50,000 for non-filers.

i) Withholding tax at five percent or Rs20,000, whichever is higher, is applicable under Section 236D on all functions organized by filers as well as non-filers. Rate of withholding be increased for non-filers to Rs100,000 as minimum and no WHT from the filer, PBS added.

News Sources: https://www.brecorder.com/2020/05/28/600647/documenting-economy-fbr-urged-to-use-data-of-bourse-property-market/

What is Withholding Tax (WHT)?

withholding tax

Withholding tax is a requirement of government for the buyer of any service or item of income to withhold or the deduction of tax from the payment which is paid to the government.

Why Withholding Tax?

  • Less interference with the tax authority
  • Helps to expand the tax net
  • Daily basis revenue generation
  • Includes Tax Evasion
  • Economics documents
  • Maintaining flow with the least cost

Withholding Tax Trend:

Withholding tax (WHT) regime is a worldwide trend and the largest source of national revenue in Pakistan. The dependence on WHT has also been on the rise in recent years. Of the 740 (b) direct tax reserves for the financial year 2012, Rs.422 (b) with a share percentage of 57% was derived from different holding taxes.

Scores Of Withholding Tax:

WHT has been part of the tax system in one way or another since Government and taxpayers directly taxed the two scores.

  • Provides regular revenue to the government for its expenses and operations throughout the year
  • It provides taxpayers with an opportunity to meet their obligations in qualifying installments.

Directorate General of Withholding Tax:

Currently, globalization has forced many countries to adapt their economies to new trade and investment policies included in free trade agreements, tax policies, and alignment. Countries cannot close their borders or their economies. Tax policies are inseparable from international economies. Therefore, the Directorate General of Withholding Tax has been set up by the Finance Act 2008 under Section 230A of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 to review and manage these holding tax systems while maintaining this competitive environment.

Also Read: What are the penalties of being non-filer?

Efficient Source Of Revenue:

WHT is an efficient source of revenue. Their share of direct tax revenue is about 41%. Rise of Rs.422(b) in 2012 as compared to Rs. 5(b) in 1991 talks about rapid growth and consequent heavy dependence on withholding tax.

According to the Income Tax Act, 1922 tax deduction was from two source salaries and interest on securities. Different provision of the tax law was introduced later to extend WHT net in the 1990s, by providing WHT on large-scale transactions.

The main withholding provisions are related to salaries, imports, exports, commissions and brokerage, dividends, contracts, loan interest, utilities, car taxes, stock exchange provisions, and non-residents, etc. with different rates.



What are the penalties of being non-filer?

penalties of being non-filer

Being a responsible Pakistani, if you haven’t filed your tax then you will have to face the penalties of being non-filer. According to PkRevenue , the date on which you pay your taxes has expired or you may not have the information for your return completion, or you may not have enough money to pay taxes and you may be afraid to file your return. In any case, the non-payment of taxes has serious consequences.

Those who do not file their tax will be caught sooner or later.

We have all heard many stories of income tax denials, whether they are straightforward tax dodgers or political demonstrators everyone has to face major civil penalties as well as criminal penalties of fines and imprisonment.

 Beware, the thing you were not told is that failure in filing tax returns can be very costly.

According to Tax laws:

According to Income Ordinance, 2001, tax laws define both lenient and severe penalties for the individuals who have taxable income but not paying their tax or the individuals who are registered with tax authority but their annual returns are not filed or filed after the due date.

Specification of the number of Fines and penalties :

The Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 specifies the number of fines and penalties for non-compliance. Section 114 of the Ordinance deals with the persons who are required to file their annual income tax returns and Section 116 relates to wealth-related statements.

Penalties Under Section 114:

According to section 114 the person who fails to return the required income within the due date will have to face penalties of being non-filer which are the following :

Penalties for late filing income tax   0.1% of the tax payable in respect of the defaulted tax year on each day and a maximum of 50% of the tax payable

Provided that the above-mentioned fine is less than Rs. 40,000 or no tax is paid in this tax year, then such a person will have to pay a fine of Rs. 40,000


Provided that if the income amount is 75% of the income amount coming from salary and the amount of income from salary is under Rs.50 lakhs, the penalty amount, in that case, will be at least Rs.5,000



Penalties for failure to present the statement of wealth and Reconciliation of Wealth Statement   Such a person will have to pay a penalty of 0.1% per week of taxable income or Rs.100,000 whichever is excessive
Penalty for failure to submit foreign assets and income statement within the due date An individual has to pay 2 % of the income of foreign income or assets each year  
Penalty for the fake or misleading written, oral or electronic statement to Inland Revenue Authority or to an Income Tax Authority   Rs. 25,000 or 100% of tax amount whichever is higher an individual has to pay

According to section 182 A:

According to section 182 A, FBR declares that the taxpayers who will not file their returns within the due date will not appear in the active taxpayer’s list for the year the returns have been paid that person will be included in active taxpayer list only in the condition if he pays he following surcharges:

Categories of Taxpayers   Surcharges at Rupees
For Individual 1000  
For Company   20,000  
For an Association of a Persons   10,000

Penalties Under Section 191:

Further penalties according to the income tax ordinance under Section 191 for the person who fails to submit a notice under subsection (3) and subsection (4) of section 114 of subsection (1) of section 116. Commit a crime or offense with a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.

More Penalties of being non-filer:

Taxpayer’s failure for presenting a return of income or wealth statement without any excuse within the period prescribed by the court is considered as a crime and is punishable according to which a person is liable to a fine, not more than fifty thousand rupees or imprisonment not more than two years, or both.

What are the consequences of missing tax deadline?

What are the consequences of missing tax deadline

It is the duty of every filer to tax their files before the deadline in order to protect him from the consequences of missing the tax deadline. However, If any person failed to tax his filer before the deadline, he should file his tax as soon as possible. In case of failure of pay tax, you will have options for a tax extension, late payment, or penalties of late payment.

Note: The last date for federal tax return filing for tax year 2019 is July 15, 2020

Filing for an Extension:

In case of missing tax deadline, you can go for a file for an extension if you want to get yourself protected from penalties. You will have to pay a 5% amount each month after missing the deadline. However, if IRS is paying you the refund, then there is no need to ask for tax extension but if you are not getting a refund then there is a need to filing a tax extension. Moreover, if you are getting refind from IRS for 3 to 4 taxpayers every month in a year then there will be no penalty for missing the deadline.

If the balance is pending:

In case if you have paid your tax before the deadline but you still have a pending amount due then every month, you will have to pay the penalty of 0.5% of the total amount per month and it will be a maximum of 25% payment of late payment. You can also end up likely to owe interest to the remaining amount.

If you are not given with extension, then you will have to pay a penalty of 5% of the pending amount per month with interest as well.

Extension of time for tax payment:

You also have an option to apply for an extension of time in order to pay your tax after the deadline but you will have to meet the legal requirements as well in order to get a time extension. You can apply for a time extension here: Application form for Extension of Time for Tax Payment.

If you want to pay your income tax, visit ‘How to pay income tax‘.

Mobile Devices Regularization – DIRBS

Mobile Devices Regularization – DIRBS

What is DIRBS:

Mobile Device Regularization – DIRBS stands for Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System used to identify the non-complaint devices. A strong inflow of mobile phones and their import is in demand in the country. However, leaving noteworthy issues with the grey market and counterfeit devices affecting Government, Distributors, MobileNetwork Operators, and Consumers.

How It Works:

The system uses the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) a 15-digit number that is used for identification of the device. It reveals the device make model and details of type approval, manufacturer, and country of production.

Any person who buys a new smartphone in Pakistan needs to check the phone’s compliance with PTA at the time of purchase. You can check the validity by sending the phone’s IMEI to 8484 by text message or you can check it online at the PTA website. Android users can also check it through by downloading DIRBS android mobile app from the Play Store.

Also Check: How to Pay Income Tax

Advantages Of DIRBS:

DIRBS System helps to identify the illegal devices and the devices which are imported. The copies of the original equipment from official OEMs, Devices whose import tax has not been paid, the devices with invalid IMEIs which are not assigned by GSMA, multiple devices with the same IMEI, the devices that have been reported within Pakistan and globally to GSMA  as stolen or lost these types of devices are considered as illegal or invalid devices using the DIRBS.

Objectives Of DIRBS:

DRIBS  System is used for Identification and approval of Devices in which the device with SIM functionality must contain a unique and valid IMEI, new devices with unverified DIRBS, IMEI / false identifiers will not be registered by the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on their networks, the retailers and users will identify the validity of IMEI and only the PTA approved devices will be imported into the country and handling of stolen devices in which the introduction of the mechanism by PTA  through which OEMs and operators will be able to notify the PTA of any business being identified by stolen devices, once notified, MNOs will block stolen devices and mobile network operators (MNOs) will notify the PTA of any device connected to their network if reported as stolen are the main focus.

Awareness Through DIRBS:

              DIRBS system is a very informative awareness for consumers and retailers to check compliance. The system is also beneficial for both the retailers and customers in a way they can check the devices is it proper in warranty in PTA or approved by PTA while purchasing new devices.

How to pay Income tax?

how to pay income tax

If you are a filer or taxpayer and want to pay income tax, you can pay it either online or manually. Please see the payment methods:

Factors of Income Tax Calculation:

Calculating income tax depends on various factors that contain your status whether you are an individual, a company, a firm or a local authority, The amount of your income and its nature, and your age.

Heads of Income:

According to Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, taxable income is divided into five categories:

Salary

Business

Capital Gains

Income from Property

Income from Other Sources

Benefits of Paying Income Tax:

Paying your tax returns and wealth statements is good for your government as well as for you to get filer benefits to enjoy a minimum withholding tax on all of your services at excise offices, airports, banking transactions, in purchasing new cars and for real-estate matters. Earlier, the FBR had separate portals for companies and individuals. But now, they’ve made it easier for everyone.

Online Tax Payment

Steps for FBR E-Enrollment:
Here are the ways for FBR E-Enrollment to start paying your income tax: 

  • Get yourself register with FBR and start paying your tax returns online.
  • For unregistered person go to FBR IRIS portal provide all relevant information by clicking on the registration tab
  • For different options again open the IRIS portal and click on e-enrollment.
  • To complete the registration process, enter all the asked details like your mobile number, CNIC, etc.
  • Login into your account and fill the form by entering all your income information.
  • Now you are a Tax Filer.
  • In order to check that you are on active taxpayer list or not type ATL give space then enter 13-digit CNIC number and send SMS it to 9966.

Guidelines to Pay Income Tax:

Once, you become tax filer you need to pay your income tax by following these steps:

  • First of all, log into e-file
  • Click on the e-Payments tab.
  • Then, go to Create Payment, select Income Tax Annual Return option.

Creating Payment Slip:

  • Selection of related tax year
  • Entering the Tax amount due
  • Selecting a payment mode
  • Clicking on create a button and confirm the e-payment created.
  • Select the nearest city branch of State Bank (SBP)or National Bank (NBP) for payment slip deposit. (you can download the PSID by printing it)
  • After the payment of due tax, the COMPUTERIZED PAYMENT RECEIPT (CPR)is generated. It is reflected in Iris within 24 hours of payment being submitted

Manually Tax Payment:

If you can’t go online and pay taxes then you can manually submit your statements on paper at the Taxpayer Facility Counters of the relevant regional tax office.

However, if you want to pay your income tax but you are not a filer, then check the relevant blog ‘How to become filer‘.

Late Tax Payment Penalty:

Failure to pay your taxes is punishable by a fine or a penalty of one year or two in prison.

How to apply for NTN number online?

Other than apply for NTN manually, you can apply for NTN number online through the FBR official website by following steps given below:

Online Procedure:

apply for NTN online

Step 1: First of all, you need to go to the website: https://e.fbr.gov.pk in order to apply for your NTN number.

Step 2: Here you will see the ‘e-Registration’ tab. All you need to do is select a new e-registration in order to start with a new application.

Step 3: In this step, you need to select the type of application according to your requirements.

Step 4: After that, select the taxpayer type (Individual, AOP, or Company).

Step 5: Here you will have to Enter the CNIC / Reg. Inc according to the type of selected taxpayer, Name and image character then click Ok in order to continue the process.

Step 6: Now you will see the already selected category on the next screen.

Step 7: Once completing the online registration form, verify it and submit that application if you want to apply online. To process from TFC, you need to submit the application at the TFC counter along with your all required documents.

Step8: A Token number will be assigned to that application for further processing/ approval/inquiry. After login, go to the Registration=> Enrollment=> Change profile and update the information accordingly. Moreover, if you want to apply for NTN number manually other than applying for NTN number online, follow the steps:

Manual Procedure:

Step 1: Download the taxpayer registration form by clicking here.

Step 2: After filling the form, submit it to concern NTN Cell/RTO.

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