Karachi (April 06, 2018): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Sindh government pursues a progressive tax policy rather than a regressive one with low tax rate as its cardinal component.
Consequently, no new tax was levied in the budget 2017-18, announced on June 5, 2017, maintaining the standard rate at 13 percent, the lowest in any tax domain in the country.This he said while talking to Chairman SRB Khalid Mahmood who presented him SRB annual report-2016-17 here at CM House today.
The chief minister said the revenue target of Rs100 billion set for FY 2017-18 poses an enormous challenge. He urged the SRB employees to employ all resources and put in their best efforts to achieve this target without compromising organization’s taxpayer-friendly image, espoused over the years.
The report presented him by the Chairman SRB Khalid Mahmood says 2016-17 was marked by a certain salience.The standard rate was reduced from 14 percent to 13 percent, while the annual target was scaled up 28 percent over the previous year, to Rs78 billion. This was a daunting challenge given that the Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) was already confronted with a shrinking revenue space owing to the year-on-year incremental revenue expansion, since its start of the operations in 2011-12.
The ports and terminal operators, telecommunication, insurance and banks remained the principal contributors. Contract execution, franchise and constructions also provided increased revenues. Nonetheless a lot of areas remained uncharted and yet to be tapped into the system.