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Excessive Taxation

Excessive taxation

The federal government has imposed fixed sales tax per litre on all petroleum products with effect from February 1, 2016, violating the statutory requirement of charging sales tax on percentage…

Constitutional Violations In Taxation

Constitutional violations in taxation

The federal government unlawfully and exorbitantlyenhanced rates of sales tax on different petroleum products with effect from October 1, 2015 through statutory regulatory order (SRO)-693(I)/2015 dated September 30, 2015-issued under…

Understanding the AML law

Last month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) announced that Pakistan would continue to remain on its grey list. The main consideration for not placing it on the while list…

The rise in tax-to-GDP ratio

The tax-to-GDP ratio combined of taxes collected by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has gone up appreciably over the last four years. It was 8.4% of the GDP in…

Revitalising devolution

THE question of devolution of power to the grass roots is often missing in the discourse on democratic transformation. It, however, goes to the credit of the PTI that it…

Economic Reforms: Part-XX

Economic reforms: Part-XX

The failure of the wide-ranging tax reforms to raise the tax-to-GDP ratio during 2000-08 made the foundation of the economic achievements of the then military government fragile. This was so…

Blame The Provinces, Get Waivers

Blame the provinces, get waivers

Although we were unable to meet two key performance benchmarks of the programme, the IMF took a lenient view of these failings and granted waivers – accumulating to 12, the…

Make Life Easier For Taxpayers

Make life easier for taxpayers

Our Constitution empowers the federal government to levy sales tax (GST in our case) on goods, and the provinces to collect such a tax on services. This constitutional division of…

Unrealistic Expectations

Unrealistic expectations

The provinces have become the favourite punching bag of Islamabad, donors and commentators alike. They are being chastised for failing to generate adequate resources to fund their constitutional responsibilities to…