Pakistan

PM Shehbaz hails budget for taxing the rich


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday hailed the federal budget proposed for the financial year 2022-23, calling it a "significant improvement in several ways" over the budgets presented by his predecessors.

Budget represents a significant improvement in several ways. It has provided more educational opportunities for our youth, particularly from Balochistan & targeted subsidies for financially weaker people. More importantly, it has taxed non-productive assets of the rich.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) June 12, 2022

In a tweet, the premier said the budget provided more "educational opportunities for our youth, particularly from Balochistan, and targeted subsidies for financially weaker people".

"More importantly, it has taxed non-productive assets of the rich," the prime minister concluded.

Meanwhile, former premier and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan lashed out at the government for reducing funds for tribal districts despite their "special needs".

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The PTI chief said his government had allocated Rs131 billion for the ex-Fata region whereas the current government budgeted only Rs110 billion and reduced developmental funding. He said there was no allocation for displaced persons.

Given the special needs of tribal districts my govt had increased their funding by 3x to Rs 131 bn.Imported
Govt has budgeted only Rs 110bn, reduced dev funding, 0 allocation for displaced persons & 0 increase in current budget.Shows incompetence & ill intent of govt of crooks.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 12, 2022

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on Friday proposed a Rs9.5 trillion inflationary budget amid a daunting challenge to meet ambitious targets.

The new budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 provides solace to the salaried class whose tax burden has been significantly lessened in addition to 15% increase in salaries of the inflation-stricken government employees.

The government has proposed Rs740 billion in new taxes, including Rs440 billion tax measures proposed by the Federal Board of Revenue. Some of the major relief measures will be offset by the increase in petroleum price rates due to a Rs50 per litre levy along with 17% sales tax.

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Furthermore, the new budget targets the real-estate sector, the wealthiest people in the country, and commercial banks to raise the tax bracket.

The retailers have been taxed at a fixed rate through electricity bills while the wealthiest Pakistanis holding offshore assets will pay annually 1% of the value of their foreign assets in taxes.

The tax burden on registration of luxury cars of above 1,600cc has been doubled while the rates on sales, purchases and gains made on the properties have been significantly increased.

No measures have been announced to curtail the current account deficit or the imports as the finance minister sets the current account deficit target at only 2.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).


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