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FBR ‘categorically denies’ news of tax exemption for import of bulletproof vehicles

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  • FBR says cabinet had allowed such facility in 2019 but no notification to this effect has been issued so far.
  • PM’s aide Salman Sufi says there is no question of allowing any duty-free imports to any official.
  • It was reported FBR has exempted senior army officers from all taxes on import of bulletproof vehicles.

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Saturday “categorically denied” issuance of any Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) that allows ex-military officers to import duty and tax-free bulletproof vehicles.

“FBR categorically denies reports appearing in some sections of media that it has issued an SRO allowing duty-free import of bulletproof vehicles,” the revenue board said in a brief statement.

The tax collection body added that the federal cabinet had allowed such a facility in 2019, however, no notification to this effect has been issued so far.

In a separate statement, PM’s aide Salman Sufi said that there is no question of allowing any duty-free imports to any official.

“Everyone shall pay their fair share of duty when importing any vehicle,” he tweeted.

It was earlier reported that after getting approval from the federal cabinet, the FBR exempted senior army officers from payment of all duties and taxes on the import of bulletproof vehicles of up to 6,000cc after their retirement and a notification will be issued soon.

The report said that the FBR’s Member Customs Policy signed an official notification to this effect on Friday but it was not yet placed on the official website.

However, top official sources confirmed to The News on Friday night that the exemption of Customs Duty, Sales Tax, Withholding Tax and Federal Excise Duty (FED) would be applicable on the import of bulletproof vehicles up to 6,000cc by retired military officials, including Lieutenant Generals, services chiefs, Chief of the Army Staff and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).

The sources confided to The News that the FBR might place the concerned notification on its website any time soon and that all formal requirements were fulfilled after seeking permission from the federal cabinet for allowing this kind of tax exemption.

However, there will be certain conditions attached to this permission. The FBR will allow the exemption of duties and taxes on the import of such vehicles by the said officials on their retirement on the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence.

All four-star generals are permitted to import two vehicles after retirement, according to the report.

The owners of the vehicles would be required to obtain the prior permission of the FBR for the sale of such vehicles after their import.

If the vehicle is disposed of before a five-year period, the FBR will recover all duties and taxes applicable at the time of import of such vehicles, it added.

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In a first for history, PSX crosses the 77,000 milestone.

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At 77,213.31, the benchmark KSE-100 hit an all-time high, up 1,005.15, or 1.32%, from the previous close of 76,208.16.

The government’s readiness to seal an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the budget was cited by analysts as the reason for the upward trend.

Experts anticipate that in an attempt to bolster its position for a fresh bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the budget for the fiscal year ending in June 2025 would set aggressive fiscal goals.

Budget for Pakistan, 2024–2025
Pakistan’s budget for the fiscal year 2024–25, with a total expenditure of Rs18.877 trillion, was presented on Wednesday by Minister of Finance and Revenue Muhammad Aurangzeb.

The Finance Minister, Muhammad Aurangzeb, outlined the budget highlights. He stated that the GDP growth target for the fiscal year 2024–25 is set at 3.6 percent, while the inflation rate is anticipated to stay at 12 percent.

He stated that while the primary surplus is anticipated to be 1.0 percent of GDP during the review period, the budget deficit to GDP is forecast to be 6.9 percent over the period under review.

According to the minister, tax income collection increased by 38% in the current fiscal year, and the province will receive Rs7,438 billion. The Federal Board of income expects to earn Rs12,970 billion in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

In contrast to the federal government’s projected net income of Rs9,119 billion, he stated that the federation’s non-tax revenue projections are set at Rs3,587 billion.

The federal government’s total outlays are projected to be Rs18,877 billion, with interest payments accounting for the remaining Rs9,775 billion.

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Pakistan currently has $14.38 billion in foreign exchange reserves.

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Pakistan’s commercial banks’ reserves, which stood at $5.28 billion at the conclusion of the week ending on June 7, rose by US$174 million, according to a central bank statement.

Reserving US$6.2 million less, the SBP now has US$9.10 billion in reserves. The causes for the decline in the reserves it had were not disclosed by the central bank.

The SBP released a statement that stated, “SBP reserves decreased by US$ 6 million to US$ 9,103.3 million during the week ended on 07-June-2024.”

The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) foreign exchange reserves were reduced by US$ 63 million as a result of repaying external debt, with the reserves standing at US$ 9.093 billion as of earlier on June 6.

The central bank spokesperson said in a statement that as of the week that concluded on May 31, the nation’s total liquid foreign reserves were $14.31 billion.

In terms of net foreign reserves, commercial banks have US$ 5.22 billion of the overall foreign reserves, according to the SBP.

SBP reserves dropped by US$ 63 million to US$ 9,093.7 million during the week that ended on May 24, 2024, according to the announcement.

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In the local market, the price of gold plummets to Rs240,700/tola.

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Gold with a 24-karat purity level has dropped by Rs1200/tola on the local market.

Each tola of 24-karat gold is now selling for Rs240,700, with a further drop of Rs1029 bringing the price of 10 kilos of gold to Rs206,361. These figures are courtesy of the All Sarafa and Jewelers Association.

Meanwhile, after a $2 decline on the global market, one ounce of gold will be valued $2315.

A tola of gold was worth Rs 600 more on Wednesday.

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