Rs1 trillion taxes collected in nine months

Published: April 1, 2011
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Federal Board of Revenue misses target for March.

Federal Board of Revenue misses target for March.

ISLAMABAD: 

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected over Rs1 trillion in taxes in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year.

The collection represents a 12.8 per cent increase over Rs886 billion collected in the corresponding period of the preceding year.

Documents available with The Express Tribune reveal that authorities collected a total of Rs123 billion in the month of March, a 30.4 per cent increase over Rs95 billion collected in the same month last year.

Of the Rs123 billion, direct taxes, in the form of income tax, contributed Rs55 billion while among indirect taxes Rs43 billion was collected as sales tax, Rs9 billion as federal excise duty and Rs16 billion as customs duty.

However, the collection for March stands Rs37 billion lower than the Rs160 billion target set for the month. Despite expectation of the shortfall dropping in the coming days, when final figures are released by the board, it is unlikely that the Rs160 billion target for the month will be met.

According to sources, it is also unlikely that the tax collection target for the fiscal year will be achieved, as FBR faces an uphill task of collecting Rs556 billion in the final quarter.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 01st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 1, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Well done for the increase in raising the amount, but what happened in regards to missed targets??
    They are significent too !! Also why were the targets missed??? Gone back to the bad old habits??
    Further more when the country is thirsty,it not much good to get drops of water, it needs a full glass of water to fill the thirst!!!!
    Bit too late, and definately no where near enough to impress anyone!!!!!!Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Apr 1, 2011 - 5:48PM

    Imagine taxes rising by only 13% when inflation is 15% and real growth is around 3%. So that means the economy is expanding by roughly the sum of the two: 15% plus 3% or 18% in nominal terms.

    Since taxes are only rising by 13%, the tax-to-GDP ratio already the lowest in the world is set to fall AGAIN.

    Even the worst tax performers in the world can keep taxes rising in line with nominal GDP.Recommend

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