The Lahore High Court has given a big relief to lawyers as the legal fraternity will be exempted from paying sales tax on the electricity bills of their offices.
LHC Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh on Saturday released a 3-page judgement on the petition filed by the Lahore High Court Bar Association.
According to the judgement, government cannot levy sales tax on electricity bills of the lawyers’ offices as lawyers do not fall in the ‘retailers’ category. It explains that retailer is a person who sells commodity to the people, but lawyers provide legal services to their clients, they do not sell commodities.
The government has been directed to withdraw sales tax on the July electricity bills of the offices of the lawyers.