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Tareen tops list of lawmakers paying taxes in 2017

ISLAMABAD: The top ten parliamentarians in terms of their tax contributions paid Rs322 million in taxes, equal to 60% of total taxes paid by all members of the parliament in tax year 2017, raising questions whether lawmakers were fulfilling their moral,
Former member of National Assembly (MNA) Jahangir Khan Tareen paid Rs97.3 million in income tax, which was the highest paid by any national lawmaker in 2017, according to a tax directory for the year released by the government on Friday.Tareen’s tax contribution was equal to 18.2 per cent of the total taxes paid by 423 members of parliament. His numbers also showed an 81 per cent increase in his tax contribution from the previous year, when he was also the country’s highest tax contributor.
Imran reiterates resolve to hold everyone accountableSkewed numbersExcluding these ten members, the average tax contributions by the remaining 413 members of the National Assembly and the Senate paid Rs212 million in taxes – an average of Rs513,000 per parliamentarian.Such a poor tax contribution does not commensurate with the life styles of these worthy members of the Parliament, a fact that was acknowledged by Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday.
True VIPs are those who pay taxes, says PM ImranBy including the tax contributions of top ten parliamentarians, the average per parliamentarian tax contribution would jump to Rs1.26 million, which does not present realistic picture.
Crests and troughsThe tax contributions by former premier Nawaz Sharif and incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan also nosedived in tax year 2017, which was the fiscal year 2016-17. Few weeks after the end of that fiscal year, Nawaz was removed by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.
Presumably, his tax returns were filed after he was ousted from power. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid just Rs 263,173 in taxes in 2017, as against Rs 2.52 million paid in the preceding  year.Meanwhile, PM Imran was a member of National Assembly from a Rawalpindi constituency at that time.
He paid a paltry sum of Rs 103,763 in income tax, which was less than by 35% or Rs 55,0000.Overall, there was an upward trend in tax contributions by members of parliament.
The fifth tax directory of parliamentarians showed that national lawmakers, including members of the federal cabinet, paid Rs535 million in taxes during tax year 2017 – up by Rs139 million or 35 per cent The tax contributions by the members of the Senate increased to Rs254 million – up by 14 per cent. MNAs paid over Rs281 million during tax year 2016, an increase of 26 per cent.But a significant number of parliamentarians were still paying far below their potential, showed the tax directory. Many of them paid Rs138,573 annual tax, which suggested that they paid taxes only on the income that the earned as member of the National Assembly or the Senate.
The tax directories for fiscal year 2016-17 that ended in June 2017 were released by Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar. Tax year 2017 was the fourth year of the PML-N term but the directories were released after a lag of over one year.The numbers of total taxpayers increased by over 34 per cent in tax year 2017, said Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Jehanzeb Khan while speaking at the launch ceremony.Overall, out of a total 1,169 members of the Senate, the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies, as many as 98 legislators did not file their tax returns.
Under the law, filing the income tax return is binding on every citizen who earns more than Rs400,000 per annum and non-filer parliamentarians may face serious consequence, provided FBR plays its due role.Six senators and 17 MNAs did not file their annual income tax returns.Top taxpayers in parliamentSenator Rozi Khan Kakar paid Rs40.9 million in income tax, which was lower by Rs9 million over the preceding year.
Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi paid Rs29.4 million, which was less than his previous contribution of Rs35.3 million. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood paid Rs43.2 million, which was higher by 33%. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan paid Rs25.9 million, showing an increase of 86.3%.Senator Ishaq Dar paid Rs9.4 million and Senator Farogh Naseem paid Rs27.9 million in income tax, which was higher by 37.5%.Senator Farooq H Naek paid Rs11 million in income tax.Among the members of the National Assembly, MNA Sheikh Fayyaz uddin paid Rs14 million in income tax, MNA Isphanyar Bhandara paid Rs22.95 million income tax.Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid Rs10.3 million in income tax, which was higher by nearly 9%.Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who owns a controlling stake in Air Blue, paid Rs3.1 million in income tax, higher than the previous year. Finance Minister Asad Umar paid Rs4.85 million in income tax in 2017. Hamza Shehbaz Sharif paid Rs8.3 million income tax.Senator Rubina Khalid paid only Rs44,485 income tax, Senator Saleem Zia just Rs173,362.Former MNA Haji Ghulam Bilour paid Rs138,573 income tax, former Chief Minister KP, and MNA Amir Haider Hoti paid Rs168,586 in income tax. Sheikh Rashid Ahmad paid just Rs702,698 income tax.

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Tax collection from profit on government securities falls 25pc

KARACHI: Withholding tax collection from banks’ income on government papers sharply fell 25 percent to Rs1.37 billion in the first seven months of the current fiscal year of 2018/19 as the government’s propensity to borrow from the central bank for .
37 billion in the first seven months of the current fiscal year of 2018/19 as the government’s propensity to borrow from the central bank for budgetary financing during the period lowered the revenue, sources said on Friday.The collection of withholding tax from banking profit on investment into government securities amounted to Rs1.83 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.The sources said the government changed the borrowing pattern for budget financing during the period to the central bank from commercial banks.The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) collects 10 percent on profit gained by institutions on investment in government papers, including short-term and long-term treasury bills.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) also acknowledged the decline in government borrowing from commercial banks last year.The central bank said budgetary borrowings from the banking system remained subdued during the July-September quarter last year, as the fiscal deficit was predominantly funded by domestic non-bank sources as well as external borrowings.Within the banking system, the government extensively borrowed from SBP, primarily to repay a large volume of its maturing debt held by the commercial banks, the SBP said in a quarterly report.From January last year, the central bank started raising its key policy rate after keeping it on hold since May 2016.The interest rate was raised by 450 basis points to 10.25 percent in back-to-back hikes.
Tax officials said the return on investment of banking system would go up with increases in interest rates and it would subsequently push up the tax collection from the withholding tax head.The collection of withholding tax from banking deposits, however, sharply increased 221 percent in the July-January period and offset the decline in tax collection from profit on government securities.The FBR collected Rs 835 million from profit on debt (bank deposits) during the first seven months of the current fiscal year compared with Rs260 million in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. Deposits of the banking system significantly increased during the first seven months of the current fiscal year.Deposits of banking system increased 8.8 percent to Rs13.057 trillion till end of January. They stood at Rs 12.002 trillion a year ago.The overall collection of withholding tax from profit on debts increased five percent to Rs2.415 billion during the July-January period. The figure was Rs2.31 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

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