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The Statesman Peshawar

Published Date: May 31, 2014

Govt. companies take lead in paying tax during 2012-13: SDPI

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Friday revealed
that the government sector companies were the highest tax payers in the
Fiscal Years 2012-13 which was very encouraging and an example set for

This was said by Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director (ED) SDPI while addressing a media briefing here.
Giving details, Suleri said, the state run OGDCL was the largest tax
payer company with total tax payment of Rs 36.96 billion, followed by
Pakistan Petroleum, which paid a tax of Rs 15.40 billion.
Other large tax payer company was Habib Bank Limited (HBL) with a tax
payment of Rs 11.78 billion he said adding that the Government Holdings
Company paid Rs. 10.75 billion, Fauji Fertilizer Rs 9.90 billion, Muslim
Commercial Bank, PSO, UBL, Pak Arab Refinery, Kotadu Power, BHP
Petroleum, ABL, Bank Al Habib, PTA, Pakistan Oil Field, Unilever are
also part of billions tax payer club, he added.
The SDPI also examined the FBR tax directory conclude that, out of
total direct taxes Rs 739 billion collected in FY 2012-13, Rs 344.67
billion or 47 % of the total income tax was deducted from at source as
this tax was paid by the registered business enterprises, Suleri said.
He apprised the media that the FBR collected Rs 395.01 billion or 53% from individuals or non registered entities.
According to available data, by June 30, 2013, a total of 61,989
companies were registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of
Pakistan (SECP), whereas, only 23,845 or 38 % registered companies
filed tax returns with the FBR, he argued. 

Out of these 38 % companies which file tax returns, 10,639 or 17%
companies filed zero tax and only 21 % companies’ paid amount in their
tax returns.