The government, in its recent policy change during budget 2018-19, has prevented non-filers from booking or importing new cars. Fiscal year 2018-19’s Finance Act 2018 changes will come in effect starting 1st of July, 2018.
Major car companies in Pakistan, including Pak Suzuki and Toyota Indus, have already been sent notices by the government to implement the new changes and will stop taking new bookings from non-filers. The new act states,
Any application for booking, registration or purchase of a new locally manufactured motor vehicle or for first registration of an imported vehicle shall not be accepted or processed by any vehicle registration authority of Excise and Taxation Department or a manufacturer of a motor vehicle respectively, unless the person is a filer,
Even though the Finance Act will be functional in July, the companies have already notified their dealerships to suspend new bookings that will take longer than July to deliver as the policy change might cause complications leading to order cancellations or delays in the future.
Indus Motor Corporations (IMC) urged its customers in a public notice to change their status to tax-filer. The notice reads,
While announcing the budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, the Government has recently introduced a new policy order to restrict all non-fillers from purchasing locally manufactured and/or imported vehicles. This includes all individuals whose names do not appear in the Active Taxpayer’s List as well as those customers who have already booked a vehicle and are expecting delivery after 30th June, 2018.
Moreover, the company says that any orders made by non-filers that are pending and will get delivered after June 30th, might get canceled if they fail to attain a tax-filer status in time. Honda Atlas is also highly likely to follow suit shortly.
Auto companies have asked their authorized dealerships to individually contact non-filer customers whose orders are scheduled to get delivered in June. Same goes for those who are pending balance payments and deliveries scheduled to be fulfilled after July. The dealerships will contact each customer and ask them to change their status to tax-filer.
The companies have also informed their respective partner banks to stop taking orders from non-filers. The auto companies have asked the government to reverse these changes, as they will lose significant sales, and will take this matter to the court because this change will also encourage even more illegal own-money practices.
The condition set by the government is also likely to encourage investors, profiteers and individuals being filers to purchase vehicles and resale them on higher prices to non-filers,
Non-filers, for now, can still pay own-money to get their vehicles delivered before the 1st of July, at premiums of Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 150,000 on various popular models.