IMF condition: FBR raises sales tax on two dozen goods

Published: October 4, 2013
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Two percent increase on biscuits, chocolates, auto parts, air conditioners, refrigerators, gas heaters. DESIGN: ESSA MALIK

Two percent increase on biscuits, chocolates, auto parts, air conditioners, refrigerators, gas heaters. DESIGN: ESSA MALIK

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) increased the sales tax on two dozen goods by two per cent in an effort to increase revenue collection, Express News reported on Friday.

The goods include biscuits, chocolates, auto parts, air conditioners, refrigerators and gas heaters among others.

The sales tax has also been levied on arms and ammunition, paints, batteries, lubricant oil, oven, gas heater, telephone set and irons.

A notification has been issued by the FBR in this regard.

The sales tax was increased to fulfill a key condition of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) $6.7 billion bailout programme.

A tax of 3% has also been levied on the import of fabrics, according to another notification issued by FBR.

On Thursday, the government had approved to sell 26% or more shares of 31 state-owned entities including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) to fulfil another IMF condition.

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  • saeed
    Oct 4, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Shair banooo shair…all the policies of Noon are only benefiting the elite class including top businessman of this country..the poor will get finished and the middle class will become poor…when I listen to there promises they made before elections..I can not stop banging my head on wall..

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  • ali
    Oct 4, 2013 - 5:51PM

    more indirect taxes, more blood sucking of the poor. No taxes for the feudals and the industrialists.

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  • Oct 4, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Thank you PML-N. Breathing the (polluted) air is still tax free. Please do the needful for IMF.

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  • Oct 4, 2013 - 5:58PM

    “Identify enterprises which need to be privatized & ensure completion of privatization process within assigned time frame” PMLN Manifesto
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  • Sabih Shad
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Why couldn’t this be done by the parliament? Why can’t this be undone by the parliament?

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  • Oct 4, 2013 - 6:11PM

    This is pathetic….taxes on biscuits and chocolates..at least the children be spared from government’s butchery.

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  • Ali Tipu
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:14PM

    My friend, who happens to be a PMLN supporter still arguing that poor are exempted from tax price hike. As per him, only rich eat biscuits and sweets and use gas-heaters :D. With mentally handicapped people like him in our beloved country supporting this ‘terrorism’, who needs Taliban to destroy us?

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  • Faisal
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Perhaps Nawaz Sharif has decided to kill us all. If things continue to get expensive this way, sooner Pakistan will be the place only for Industrialists like Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Aiman Kay
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:37PM

    @ali, which kind of poor eat biscuits, chocolates and use airconditioners, cars, fridges and heaters?

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  • Ahmad
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:39PM

    Gotta love Democracy!!!

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  • FAB
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:54PM

    @ butt

    read what you have posted and i quote again “Identify enterprises which need to be privatized “. OGDCL, Pakistan State Oil, National Bank surely “Need” to be privatised.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:07PM

    The PML(N) Government presented its first budget in June 2013. Now at the begining of October, it has given a mini-budget.

    There will be one more budget coming in as a new year gift at the begning of 2014 and then second annual budget in June 2014.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest our souls in peace. Ameen.

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  • Ashkenazi
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:31PM

    Imagine QuaideAzam taking money from IMF and screwing poor with indirect tax.

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  • SAL
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:47PM

    I am sending 400,000 ‘kanch ke chooriaan’ (glass bangles) to the people of four Provinces. The time has come to wear the.
    ET, I hope you print this for the sake of Pakistan.

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  • Adil
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:50PM

    Has PMLN done anything else other increasing taxes and pleasing IMF? It seems we are once again being ruled by East India Company.

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  • Asad
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:45PM

    WOW…
    I wanted to see Ch. Allah Dad’s comment on this… where is he?Recommend

  • New Start
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:45PM

    does anyone realize that the IMF is NOT the enemy here.. no one in the IMF wants to HARM anyone in Pakistan!!!..

    They are looking at the financial situation in this country and finding ways to improve the financial situation and make the country financially stable..

    Making counties which are in financial trouble.. is the JOB and the REASON for the IMF to exist..

    The issue with Pakistan is that the IMF has to treat the Govt. here as someone would treat a 5 years old child who keeps disobeying what his elders are telling him..

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  • A J KHAN
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:57PM

    There is hardly any change for the people of Pakistan. The only change is that now Nawaz Sharif is filling his belly with inferno of ill gotten riches while the previous thieves need time & are out to settle their dishonestly acquired riches. The sufferings of people will continue in “DEMONCRACY”.

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  • Syed Hasan Atizaz
    Oct 4, 2013 - 9:01PM

    clearly visible how they are controlling us. – still begging. :)

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 4, 2013 - 9:10PM

    Why can’t they tax agriculture land? What a shameless Govt.

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  • The Failed Rebel
    Oct 4, 2013 - 9:15PM

    When will my people come to the streets, drag these ruling scoundrels out from their castles and deny them and their kin life? Deny oxygen to them and their kin alike. Uproot the problem completely.
    It’s about time Pakistanis, it is about time. Raise your voice as a nation, not under PTI, PMLN, PPP, PMLQ, MQM JUI-F etc. Raise your voice as Pakistanis, under the green and white flag. Overthrow these slaves of power and money. They are there only because of us! If we voted them up we can bring them down, very easily. After all it is the people amidst us who protect them in their castles :)
    Rise, rise, rise!

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  • mohammad naeem
    Oct 4, 2013 - 10:19PM

    The time has come to get out of homes people or at least remain steadfast to oppose this cruelity verbaly until this situation comes to boiling point and people fill the streets. I tell you the govt cant stand and will be packed sooner than they think.

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  • PakShock
    Oct 4, 2013 - 10:25PM

    @New Start:

    Just who decides who should be considered The Enemy? The Feudal and the Corrupt or the people’s institutions who’s sole purpose is to get the Third World countries back on their feet.

    Now if you go to any bank and ask for loan they will ask your Ways and Means to pay back or at least plan for saving and making money. Don’t it give you the Idea Who is “Badnaming” foreign institution? You are right__ people who want to rob their people blind and keep them down low in the gutters to provide for their monstrous thirst for more and more wealth to lavish locally and in foreign banks!

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  • The Failed Rebel
    Oct 4, 2013 - 10:58PM

    @New Start:
    Incorrect. Completely incorrect. Please educate yourself about IMF, its owners, its purpose and the policies it enforces.
    Long story short, every interest-based debt will always result in poverty, unemployment and misery.
    The reason why people and economists don’t realize it is because it is all clouded by complex mathematics, models, and useless gibberish.
    Have the insight! Educate yourself. IMF is under Bank of International Settlements. The aforementioned 2 bodies are privately owned and governed. They want profits.
    Debt system in its essence seeks to acquire more money than it is in a certain system. Which eventually leads to some people loosing the meals on their table. It might bring temporary relief, an illusion clouding the devastation that follows.
    For my people to know more, it’s important they understand the menace of interest before Pakistan is no more.
    Rise Pakistan Rise!

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  • meekal ahmed
    Oct 4, 2013 - 11:07PM

    @Pakistani:
    The answer to that question should be self-evident, no?

    Tax properties and all the provinces would move into surplus.

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