FBR tightens noose around Karachi marriage halls


The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has squeezed the net around marriage halls in Karachi over tax evasion worth billions of rupees during the past four years.

According to media reports, FBR’s Intelligence and Investigations Directorate have found that the marriage halls in posh areas of the city have evaded a total of Rs9.46 billion in taxes.

It said that at least 660 first category marriage halls received taxes from the organizers but never paid it to the authorities.

The tax authority said that notices were issued to the marriage halls and a real time monitoring of the events was being carried out. “The owners are now directed to submit a one-month prior record of their events.”

It is pertinent to mention that the marriage halls are bound to pay five per cent of the amount charged for their place to the tax authorities.

The FBR said that the halls have only submitted taxes of up to Rs41 million during the past four years with some of them reporting that not even a single event was held at their premises.

On the other hand, some of the top marriage halls in the city had only submitted a tax of up to Rs10,000 during the past four years.


  1. Very good steps taken toward such /major issue. Moreover, FBR /competent authority bind them not to shift the same over the consumer end by increase the charges of halls.

    It has been observed that halls booking are done in advance for whole calendar months and in advance token amount are also been taken by them.

    In addition to above, they are also involved to make profits with other means such as furnishing the beverage /cold drinking / disposable water bottles to requester/consumer at their own price, if the consumer request to them to arrange the same by their own resources booking are done /request is being rejected by hall management.

    Government should make a sound policy for in question matter so that no body could involved in tax evasion activities and never ever think about it .
    if every one pay taxes than our country will grow, if country grow than individual also grow with improvement in their life style.


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