Direct taxes in revenue increase to more than 41%: FBR

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has said during first four months of the current year, percentage contribution of direct taxes in overall revenue has increased to more than 41% for the first time in a decade, as against 36-39% in the past few years as has also been quoted by the authors.

The FBR said that present policy of board and government is based on direct tax dominated system like the principle of equity where tax contribution is proportional to ability to pay.

It is clarified that the present policy of FBR and the federal government is also based on direct tax dominated system like the principle of equity where tax contribution is proportional to “ability to pay”.

As a result, direct taxes collection continue to register steady growth and during the first four months of the current year direct taxes/income tax have risen to Rs886 billion which is 41% higher than the direct tax inflows during the same period last year. It is also mentioned that there is a shift in the tax mix and the ratio of direct tax to indirect tax is also increasing.

Although, FBR does not agree with the notion that withholding taxes are collected in indirect mode, FBR, during the last few years, has adopted the policy of reducing withholding tax provisions and introducing measures which directly target the rich.

Resultantly, during first four months of the current year, percentage contribution of direct taxes in overall revenue has increased to more than 41% for the first time in a decade, as against 36-39% in the past few years as has also been quoted by the authors. Even, during the current year’s budget, maximum amendments were introduced regarding direct taxes.

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