Cabinet approves end to tax breaks

Move aimed at meeting IMF conditions to revive loan programme

News Desk March 19, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs a meeting of federal cabinet in Islamabad. PHOTO: PID/FILE

The federal cabinet has given emergency approval for withdrawing income tax exemptions worth Rs140 billion as the government races to meet conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to revive the stalled $6 billion loan programme.

The withdrawal of tax exemptions is a prior condition by the IMF to take Pakistan’s request to the Executive Board for approval of the next loan tranche on March 24. The IMF has not yet officially released the board meeting date due to a delay in implementing all the prior actions agreed between both the sides last month.

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In order to ensure swift approval by the cabinet, the prime minister had also waived the requirement of first securing the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases (CCLC) before placing a legislative business-related summary before the cabinet.

The IMF programme remains off track since January last year when the prime minister had refused to bring in a mini-budget and increase electricity prices.


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