The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday temporarily restricted the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) from collecting municipal taxes with electricity bills.
The court remarked that the tax collection will be restored when the city administration satisfies it over the matter.
The directive came during the hearing of a plea filed on September 23, by Jamat-e-Islami leader Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, against KMC’s tax collection in K-Electric bills.
Under the Sindh Local Government Act 2021, the provincial government had in April directed the power utility to collect municipal utility charges and taxes (MUTC).
As per an agreement signed between the KMC and K-Electric (KE), the former aims to earn an estimated Rs3 billion yearly by collecting MUCT, through KE’s power bills.
Under the agreement, the power utility would keep 7% of the amount as its collection charges, which amounts to Rs300 million.
An official of the KMC said the KE would collect the tax from 24 million units across the city.