IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan

IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan
IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan
IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan
IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan

IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan

IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan

IMF Urges Tax Incentive Reforms and Transparency in Pakistan

Key Highlights:

  1. IMF calls for revoking discretionary powers in granting tax incentives and amending tax laws for NGOs and pensioners.
  2. Pakistan seeks a fresh bailout package from the IMF ranging from USD 6 to USD 8 billion under the Extended Fund Facility.
  3. IMF recommends cost-based tax incentives over profit-based ones, emphasizing regular cost-benefit assessments and time-bound incentives.

The IMF has urged Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to revoke discretionary powers in granting tax incentives and amend tax laws for NGOs and pensioners. Discussions between Pakistan and the IMF are set to begin this week, focusing on a potential bailout package ranging from USD 6 to USD 8 billion under the Extended Fund Facility.

In its wishlist, the IMF emphasizes cost-based tax incentives over profit-based ones, advocating for regular cost-benefit assessments and time-bound incentives. It also recommends reforms in tax administration and agricultural taxation, as well as streamlined rules for charitable donations and non-profit organizations.

The IMF’s proposals aim to enhance transparency, efficiency, and revenue generation in Pakistan’s tax system, emphasizing the importance of well-designed incentives and regular evaluations to ensure economic benefits outweigh budgetary costs.

Source: Dawn

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