Devastating Taxes Culture in Pakistan

We can’t breathe without tax and not live easily in the country because the tax is must for the development and betterment of all countries. It supports government revenue for the expenditures of the country.  We must have regularly pay the taxes and follow the policies on tax given by the government. It’s the duty of every citizen to pay tax either it is direct or indirect in return government is responsible for providing basic facilities, which includes education, health, shelter and food for the poor and deprived class of society who are not able to survive with the capitalist society.

There are four types of taxes which generates the economy of our countries such as general sales tax, customs duty, central excise duty, and income tax.

This time Pakistan’s current taxation system is defined by Income Tax ordinance 2001 which was promulgated on 13 September 2001 and became effective from 1 July 2002. This time the sales tax rate in Pakistan stands at 17% percent it is a high tax rate in Pakistan only for the poor people.  The concerned administration should work on low tax rate as peoples could live with comfort in the country.

There are many causes of tax evasion in Pakistan which are, poor government, Poor tax culture, political interfere, poor policy, poor taxation. The tax evasion is one of the gigantic problems for Pakistan. There are many issues for the lower or lower middle class of society which is not able to pay tax but indirectly they are paying their taxes, on the other hand, the society who owns the massive economy of country like conglomerates or capitalist tycoons of Pakistan and go through the list of the parliamentarians issued by FBR in which it is mentioned how much tax they paid it is very disgusting.

Pakistani society consists of the two main classes such as elite and middle class.

Elite class does not have any kind of concern with tax problems they always play the game of power like feudal, Choudhry’s,  politicians, bureaucrats, Businessmen and they don’t matter with other peoples and government facilities to rich people. (PS: All the mentioned classes in elite classes are not equal; there are also some patriots who are sincere with the country.)

There has been always conflicting among between middle class and government for the survival of their lives, they fight for their rights and they pay more tax than the elite class of society. This society does not know about their rights, the civil society and literate peoples of society must have to educate them about their rights, this initiative could bring positive change among us, it could take time but it would be better for the whole middle and lower middle class who is unaware of their right.

Being a responsible citizen of the country, we should take an oath that from today we will educate the deprived people about their responsibilities and their rights.

There are many worst effects on the society when it comes to flooding of tax on particular things which is commonly paid by the majority of middle class. To some extent, corruption is the main reason for the bad policy of politicians and they all involve in the debate today’s issue of crime depend also on the root cause. Concerned authorities have to realize that and bring positive changes in taxation on equality based and they should be friendly for every citizen. How worst condition is this, that every newborn child in Pakistan is indebted of 60000 thousand

If we discuss on the current tenure of the government, they didn’t take any serious steps on the improvement of the economy.  We could not able to say that their performance is appreciable or government report card is significant. We won’t see any improvement in near future so government must have to take any serious notice. According to a recent report of think tanks in four years in four year, PML-N completed only 6 targets out of 89, External debt which was 61 billion dollars and it has increased to 83 billion dollars and internal debt which was 5491 billion it has increased to 15045 billion rupees.

In addition, to report the government’s privatization and reform program was also failed to perform, PIA’s Loss was more than 316 billion, Pakistan Steel Mill’s loss reached to 176 billion, Pakistan railway also affords the loss of 27 billion yearly, The tax-to-GDP rate target was 15 percent that could not reach to quarter of 10 percent but government still claims that unemployment has been reduced from country.



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