Balochistan govt slashes Rs1.48bn in taxes to help cope with coronavirus

Jam Kamal

QUETTA: The Balochistan government on Monday slashed several provincial taxes worth Rs1.484 billion during the current financial year to help citizens cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy, according to an official statement.

The exempted taxes — till June 30, 2020 — include sales tax on services in construction, transport, and hotel sectors. The government has also approved the suspension of Balochistan Infrastructure Development System.

The suspension of Balochistan electricity duty, motor vehicle tax for the remaining current financial year has also been approved by the cabinet to give relief to the masses — minimising the impacts of COVID-19 on business activities.

The government approved the ongoing funding and expenditures to enhance the coronavirus prevention and treatment facilities in the province.

The finance secretary briefed the provincial cabinet on coronavirus’ impacts on the province’s economy and various sectors, the statement added.


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