Govt considering proposal to tax ‘gifts’ among non-family members

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LAHORE: A tax to be levied on gifts given to non-family members by taxpayers is under the federal government’s consideration, reported a local English daily.

Last year, a total of  Rs102 billion were given away by Pakistanis under the scheme, initially called out as an act of money laundering by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). According to an FBR budget proposal for 2018-2019, no income tax will be levied on gifts given to family members, however, standard income tax rate will be charged on the amount disclosed as a gift from or for a non-family member.

The minimum taxable limit has been proposed to be set in the range of Rs1 million to Rs1.5 million, with the proposal still due to go through a final review process before being announced in the upcoming budget.

The FBR believes that the current exemption of income tax on gifts is being exploited by the wealthy individuals who are using it to avoid falling in the tax net or to transfer their assets abroad.

The proposal might have political implications as the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is undergoing trial in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on corruption charges,
received Rs1.12 billion as a gift from his son Hussain Nawaz.

 

 

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  1. Sir / madam
    Please think about this that the poor person of the country how to bear that he win the small (3rd) prize of your scheme of prize bond when he get the prize he face the process and shoked to see that he cut the amount in shape of tax 25% to the state bank then deposit the pay order in bank ,bank cut the 06% of prize
    Then he loose the 36% if the prize how is this possible that a man who win a small prize and lose 36% of the prize it’s not fair sir think about it please

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