Posted on September 20, 2010
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19 responses to “Tax Time in Pakistan: Owning our Reality”

  1. Umar Sharif says:

    We the People OF Pakistan…. Needs to do something now!

  2. readinglord says:

    @Watan Aziz

    Well said dear! This so called ‘Zakat Tax’ which is deducted indiscriminately from the bank accounts is the most cruel and heinous thing done in history in the name of Islam by a fiendish usurper. They did not spare even the account of my disabled daughter for whom some donation had been left by her marhoom naana jan. No government is going to stop it now as it provides them a free handle to use greedy merchants of religion running madrissahs and loudspeaker-houses spreading Mullah’s deen-e-fassad.

    Has it not made the entire nation a partner in war against Allah and Rasool by mockery of Islam’s prohibition of interest?

  3. Kashif says:

    You cannot expect a sane human being to keep putting a portion, no matter how small or large, of his hard earned living into a pool that is completely invisible to him, where the watchman over that pool has no accountability and where he clearly sees no proportionate return of his contribution. Taxes are part of a social agreement that every human being makes with the ruling authority where he states that he will keep paying the salaries of the authority with his hard earned living as long as the authority provides him the basic necessities of life in return.

    Sacrificing for your country is a noble deed, but paying taxes is not a sacrifice – it is one side of a simple equation. Do not expect any human being to act against common sense.

  4. Watan Aziz says:

    That the tax is more than the cost of an item is a reflection of the mismanagement and poor governance in Pakistan. This is a crime by itself.

    The indirect taxation and the resulting inflation (which is a tax by itself) is a tool to collect monies from all Pakistanis. If you eat “daal-roti”, you are ensnared in the taxation system.

    But this is unfair (so what is new in Pakistan) to the salaried and the poor. They pay a disproportionate portion of their income in taxation while everyone else gets away with it.

    BTW, beyond the income tax mess, there are protected categories of customs for many industries, including media that need to be removed.

    Then there is the bogus taxation (it is bogus because it is imposed, in addition to and not instead of taxation) of “zakat” imposed by the evil usurper has manged to make more people declare that they belong to “Jafria” school than actually are. A yet another crime of that mocks faith of the people. Another reminder to rebuke the evil usurper and his cohort Brohi. (Your will be rebuked and rebuked often as a reminder to those who aspire to conspire.)

    And last, but also the most important, the “istaamp” tax (property tax) also needs to brought in line. Just about all the properties are declared and pay a fraction of what they are really worth.

    And finally, (why should I stop?) the fraud perpetuated by the oligarchy (read mafia) of the chartered accountants need addressing as well. The reason most of the taxation is evaded (different from avoided) is due to active and willful conduct of the chartered accountants. And also the fact that they rig the exams so as to limit who can be (and cannot be) is a gross shame on the institution of education.

    Needless to say, the entire CBR and taxation in Pakistan needs some sunshine.

    People will pay their fair share, if the share is fair!