SDPI Official Press
Published Date: Oct 12, 2015
SDPI Press Release (October 12, 2015)
FBR’s Tax Directory Analysis ‘Between the Lines’
Islamabad, Wednesday, October 14, 2015: The contribution of direct taxes, in the fiscal year 2014-15 has rising by 20 percent over the previous year, to Rupees 884 billion from Rupees 735 billion, says the FBR’s Tax Directory Analysis ‘Between the Lines’ conducted jointly by SDPI and journalist Shoaib Nizami. The directory launched Monday, says in Rs 884 billion of direct taxes collected by FBR, Rs 376.33 billion taxes have been paid by companies/associations, out of which Rs 296.948 billion taxes have been paid by top 500 companies, of which 49 companies fall in billionaire club.
The directory says, out of a total of 64,950 registered entities in FBR, 39,456 entities paid taxes, whereas, the other 25,494 entities did not pay taxes. Media outlets paid Rs 0.229102 billion taxes, Agro based industry (Fertilizers, Beverages, Food, Agriculture) paid Rs 27.8358 taxes, Banks (National and International) paid Rs 45.52158 taxes and Construction sector paid Rs 13.44841 billion taxes.
Similarly, Cotton, Ginning, Sugar and Oil sector collectively, paid Rs 8.736683 taxes, Energy Sector (CNG, Power Petroleum) paid Rs 124.2387 billion taxes. Insurance companies paid Rs 2.795608 billion taxes, IT/telecom sector paid Rs 13.87758 billion taxes, and textile sector paid Rs 6.964112 billion taxes. In the electronic media club, Samaa, Dawn, PTV, Geo, ATV, SACH, Jaag, Awaaz are among the non-taxpayers, or with no tax records .
In energy sector, Kohinoor Power, National Power (Kot Addu), Nishat Chunian, Sialkot Rental Power, Japan Power Generation, MEPCO, GEPCO, SEPCO among non-taxpayers. In textile sector, Aruj Textiles, Salaam Textiles, Gul Ahmad Textiles, Al-Noor Textiles, Fatima Textiles, Khyber Textiles, Colony Sarhad Textiles are other individual businesses among the non-taxpayers.
Talking at the occasion PTI, MNA, Asad Umer said the politicians should lead the tax collection effort by example. In reality, they are the one, who are stopping the ball from rolling. The resolution for conducting tax audit of all 342 Members of the National Assembly, initiated by him was blocked and made ineffective by the former speaker of the National, by delaying it for six month and then overwhelming the finance committee the ruling party’s MNAs. He said, if the corporations are showing increasing profits and the economy in general is regressing, it is a recipe for increasing poverty and increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. He said, increasing tax on the petroleum products and not passing on the advantage of fall in their international prices have made our exports internationally uncompetitive.
Senator Usman Saifullah Khan, emphasized application of equitable tax rates. He said, rich individuals or the large corporation may be paying more tax in absolute numbers, the percentage of their income utilizes as taxes is usually far less, which increases tax burden on the lower classes.
Dr. Tahir Parvaiz, in his remarks stressed the need of handing over the task of tax collection to the ‘Council of Common Interest’ for a better policy implementation and improved compliance.
Executive Director, SDPI, Dr. Abid Q. Suleri in his remarks also stressed the need of revamping the FBR, which he said, should be restructured for improved efficiency and effectiveness.