Rs304 billion tax collected in first quarter of FY20

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KARACHI: Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) Karachi, the main revenue collecting arm of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), has posted 16 percent growth in the tax collection to Rs304.3 billion in the first quarter of the current fiscal year of 2019/20, reported The News.

The unit managed to meet over 80 percent of the quarterly target despite contraction in the economy, claimed the report. LTU Karachi collected Rs262.2 billion in taxes during the July-September quarter of the last fiscal year.

The unit collected around 32 percent of the total tax revenue of the FBR at the national level during the first quarter of the current fiscal year. The FBR provisionally collected Rs960 billion during the same period of the 2019/20 as against the target of Rs1.071 trillion, reflecting a shortfall of Rs111 billion.

The collection was, however, around 15 percent compared with Rs836 billion in the corresponding period last fiscal. The LTU Karachi was assigned a revenue collection target of Rs375.28 billion during the first quarter and it managed to achieve around 81 percent of the assigned target.

Sources quoted in the report said that the revenue collection remained challenging due to slowdown in the economy, as large scale companies saw erosion in their profitability. Reduction in imports also hurt revenue collection, they added. Imports dropped 21.4 percent year-on-year to $7.677 billion in the first two months of the current fiscal year.

The collection of federal excise duty by the LTU Karachi posted 14 percent growth to Rs15 billion during the July-September period. The collection stood at Rs13 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.

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