Jun 122013
 

The newly formed government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Wednesday unveiled what is being termed as ‘an investment and business friendly budget’ with a total outlay of Rs3.591 trillion for the financial year 2013-14.

National Debt ramps up

The burden of national debt witnessed a whopping increase of 250 percent to reach Rs14,284 billion.

Pentions

Pension increased to 10 percent. The minimum pension increased from 3000 to Rs5000

Income Support

Nominal levy of 0.5 percent should be imposed to movable assets of wealth persons to support income support fund.

Rs75 billion allocated for Income Support Program.

Austerity measure

Prime Minister House expenditures are being brought down by 45 percent.

Policy for imported cars

Tax exemption of luxury cars to be abolished

1200 cc hybrid cars exempted from import duty

1200-1800CC hybrid cars: 50% duty reduction.

1800-2500CC hybrid cars: 25 % duty reduction

Tax on purchase of cars/jeeps

Tax in the range of Rs10000 to Rs150000 would be imposed on the purchase of cars and jeeps, the Finance Bill states.

According to Section 231-B of the Finance Bill, Rs10000 tax will be imposed on the purchase of 850cc car/jeep, while Rs150000 tax will be imposed on the purchase of over 2000cc car/jeep.

Similarly, Rs20000 tax will be imposed on the purchase of car/jeep in the range of 851cc to 1000cc, Rs30000 on car/jeep of 1001-1300cc range, Rs50000 on car/jeep of 1301-1600cc range, Rs75000 on 1601-1800cc range, and Rs100000 on 1801-2000cc range.

Railways

Rs. 31 billion has been earmarked for the rehabilitation of Pakistan Railways.

railway will be made a independent corporation which will be governed by a board of governors.

signaling system of railway will also be modernized.

Feasibility study to link Pakistan with Afghanistan and China through rail will worked out.

Karachi circular railway project will be launched through Japanese technical and financial assistance.

Decrease in Corporate Tax

It has been proposed in the next budget to decrease corporate tax by one percent each year and bring it to 30 percent in the next five years from the existing thirty-five percent.

Tax exemption in special economic zones would be extended for up to 10 years.

Sales Tax

In order to overcome revenue shortage it is proposed to increase stranded rate of sales tax from 16 to 17 percent. 

Withholding Tax on functions

Two percent adjustable withholding tax is proposed on the functions held in hotels‚ clubs‚ marriage halls and restaurants.

Industrial and commercial electricity connections

Commercial and industrial electricity account holders will be charged an additional five percent sales tax if they are not registered tax payers. When they are registered this increase will be withdrawn

Agriculture

To ensure receipt of agriculture tax‚ it has been proposed that agriculture credit will only be issued to those growers who pay provincial agriculture tax.

The minimum tax rate is being enhanced from 0.5 percent to one percent of the annual income.

The tax system for salaried persons would be rationalized according to the salaries they receive.

“To rationalize tax on the business persons two slabs are being created under which tax rate from 25 percent will be increased up to 35 percent on the income of Rs6 million”, said he.

New ratio of withholding tax on business imports agreements supplies and services would be imposed to promote corporatization.

  • Merchant and traders tax rate to be set at 25 percent.
  • New adjustable withholding tax is imposed on foreign films and dramas.
  • Adjustable taxes will be levied on small businesses.
  • All organizations and autonomous bodies have been asked to freeze secret funds.
  •  Micro-finance scheme to be launched for youths and mark-up loans will be provided to them.
  • Rs 3 billion be allocated for PMs laptop scheme.
  • Youths below the age of 25 and holding a masters degree will receive a stipend of 10,000 per month during a one year training program. PM Youth Skill development program will be launched.
  • Rs 8 billion allocated for social welfare.
  • Ashiana Housing scheme would also be launched in other provinces like Punjab.
  • Rs 57 billion allocated for higher education.
  • Rs 225 billion of the development budget have been allocated for the energy sector.
  • Rs 340 billion earmarked for development projects.
Associated Press of Pakistan
Following are the key highlights of the Budget 2013-14, presented in the National Assembly by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar;
•    Total Budget outlay Rs 3.591 trillion
•    Total revenue target for 2013-14 Rs 3420 billion including share of provinces of Rs 1502 billion
•    PSDP Rs 1155 billion; up by 35.7%

•    Forex reserves to be increased to Rs 20 billion by 2016
•    Fiscal deficit to be reduced to 4% of GDP by 2016
•    Fiscal deficit to be reduced to 6.3% by 2013-14
•    Fiscal deficit of 2012-13 likely to be 8.8%
•    Rs. 2.59 trillion to be collected as taxes
•    Key inflation to be kept in single digit
•    GDP growth be raised to 7%
•    Tax to GDP ratio to be raised to 15% by 2015
•    Investment to GDP ratio to be increased to 20%
•    Program to sell state assets to be revised
•    Professional managers to run state-run firms
•    New saving schemes to be introduced next year
•    GST increased from 16% to 17%
•    3G licenses to be auctioned in July
•    Outstanding amount of US 800 million from Etisalat for sale of
PTCL to be recovered
•    Pensions to be increased by 10%. No raise in salaries.
•    Minimum pension raised from Rs 3000 to Rs 5000
•    Tax holiday in Special Economic Zones enhanced from 5 to 10 years.
•    Rs 59 billion allocated for new water reservoirs
•    Rs 225 billion allocated for energy projects
•    Circular debt to be addressed in 60 days
•    Muzaffargarh, Jamshoro power plants to operate on coal; generate 3120 MW
•    Rs 31 billion for Railways restructuring
•    Pakistan Railways to be converted into a corporation
•    Japan to extend support in revival of Circular Railway in Karachi
•    Rs 57 billion for investment on human capital; including higher education, immunization
•    Punjab’s Aashiana Scheme to be expanded all over Pakistan
•    1000 Colonies for low income groups; each with 500 houses
•    Corporate tax to be reduced in 5 years from 35% to 30%
•    Adjustable withholding tax to be imposed on marriages in halls, dramas, entertainment
•    Tax slab on salaries up from 25% on Rs 2.5 million to 35% on Rs 6.5 million
•    Rs 3 billion allocated for Laptop Scheme for HEC recognised institutions
•    PM’s micro finance scheme for soft loans with zero% markup
•    Expenditure of PM Office reduced from Rs 726 million to Rs 396 million
•    Austerity drive to save Rs 40 billion
•    Students with 16 years education to get internship, Rs 10,000 stipend
•    Free 6 months vocational training for up to 25 year youth
•    Tax on Hybrid vehicles reduced by 100% up to 1200cc;
50% on 1200-1800cc; 25% pm 1801-2500cc
•    Number of federal ministries to be reduced to 40
•    Rs 2 billion Ramzan package to be offered at Utility Stores
•    Ban on purchase of new vehicles in government departments
•    BISP to be renamed as Income Support Program; up from Rs 40 billion to Rs 75 billion; stipend increased to Rs 1200
•    Rs 5 billion to be allocated for Qarz-e-Hasna for new business.

 

[lastupdated]

Mohammad AbdulRahim

  2 Responses to “Highlights of Pakistan Budget 2013-14”

  1. Who will end the Non Developmental Expenditure in Pakistan Army??. Who will make sure that with this budget increase Our Army will not spend money on New DHA Housing Schemes?. Who will make sure that Defense budget will not be spent on DHA Cinemas, New Shopping Malls in Cantts and on renovations of Rest Houses , Messes, Sports Clubs and Golf Clubs of Army Officers around Pakistan.??
    Also who will make sure that All Purchases of Defense Equipment will be corruption free and no Officer will took Commission on the purchase of Foreign Military Hardware?

    • @ Sadia
      It is not just DHAs or Army, civil bureaucracy and political elite are equally corrupt and responsible for the situation we are facing as a nation today. System of governance in Pakistan needs major overhaul which, in my opinion cannot be done through normal process. Pakistan is waiting for a real leader who could motivate masses to bring a real change in the society.

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