Govt Announces Big Discount for Payments at Islamabad Restaurants Using Cards and Wallets

To encourage digital payments in the Federal Territory of Islamabad, the government has proposed to reduce the rate of tax on credit card payments for restaurant services from 15 percent to 5 percent.

According to the budget document 2023-24, this rate of tax includes services provided by restaurants including cafes, food (including ice cream) parlors, coffee houses, coffee shops, deras, food huts, eateries, resorts, and similar cooked, prepared or ready-to-eat food service outlets, etc.

As per the proposal, the tax rate has been set at 5 percent where payment against services is received through debit or credit cards, mobile wallets, or QR scanning subject to the condition that no input tax adjustment or refund shall be admissible; and 15 percent where payment is received in cash.

A 15 percent tax has been proposed on services provided or rendered by hotels, motels, guest homes, farmhouses, marriage halls, lawns, clubs, and caterers.

  • Such reduction should also be considered for big cities by the provincial govts.

  • Now the eateries will demand cash payment only or refuse card payments with reason point of sale ( POS) machine is out of order

  • Never seen it implementable, all outlets and resturant charges as per their wish, mostly resturants dont pay to government but they do charge in bills, and cover theur charging against club and resorts which are permissible to charge 17 percent even.
    Rest all is drama n mukmoka with officials. Never seen fbr closing resturants who charge more

  • No argument, no discussion, no relief no implementation of public friendly policy and the last, leave pakistan if you can.

  • Yeh chootiya govt jb se aai hai koi card se ya wallet se payment laita hy ni. Chor bazari khili ho gai hai. Ap kisi bre restaurant hotel pe jao. Haleem ghar. Savour. Jahangir or f.7 main bar.b.q bazar or pata ni kitne. Koi card ni laita aur koi poochne wala ni. Yeh sb topi darama hai govt ka

  • Why should govt even consider this
    It’s like they wanted to discourage from using cashless payment.
    No taxes should had been introduced at all. But encourage by giving 5% cash back if used by cashless system.

  • Savour Foods blue area refused to accept payment from my debit card today.
    The man on cash counter took cash money only

  • It is already started in major hotels and restaurants and more convient with special discounts .
    We prefer debit/ credit card and it is never declined.

  • Soft Swirl in Islamabad does not accept credit cards they only take cash.
    This ice cream cafe is never empty.
    Banana republic Pakistan

  • In my opinion General Sales Tax should be removed on all Food and Beverage Items wether they are selling in Restaurant or Mega stores.There are so many peoples related with Food & Beverage industry will suffer in these uncertainty and economic crisis in our Country.Mr.Ishaq Daar and his team are requested to please review your policy in the better interest of People whom already paying Taxes on each and every food items.

  • There is no such thing as 5% gst it is still smae at 15%

    Yesterday we had dinner at (bar b q bazar old name) now name changed to Khan bana in F7 markaz islamabad.

    When we asked for 5percent of GSt they said we dont have any information of it and then we asked for debit card machine, they it is out of order and cannot be used at the moment.
    All other restaurants are following the same and looting people.

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