Termed as a reform bill, the Finance Minister of Pakistan, Asad Umar, presented a mini-budget 2019 in the parliament on 23rd January.
Previously, the PML-N government barred non-filers from purchasing any kind of vehicle, which attracted a lot of criticism. In a bid to gradually improve things without causing too much disruption, PTI has taken a great step.
The non-filers can now buy cars up to 1300cc engine capacity, according to the mini-budget 2019. However, to remain fair in the matter, Asad Umar added:
We are providing relaxation but it is imperative that things are impartial, which is why the government is increasing the tax-ratio for non-filers as well.
It is also worth pointing out that non-filers are only allowed to purchase vehicles which are locally assembled or manufactured, which will help the economy grow even further.
Additionally, here are some additional key points to take away from mini-budget 2019:
- A 5% decline was announced on diesel engines for agricultural purposes.
- For filers, the tax on vehicles over 1800cc engine capacity has been increased to 20%.
- In order to further discourage the import of such luxury cars and jeeps, it is proposed to enhance the rate of Excise Duty from 20% to 25%, for such cars and jeeps up to capacity 3000 cc and to 30% for cars exceeding 3000cc.
- It is also proposed to levy Excise Duty at 10% on locally manufactures/assembled cars and SUVs etc. with engine capacity exceeding 1800cc.
Additional details will be added as soon as they are made available.