Income tax threshold increased to Rs1.2m a year

ISLAMABAD (PEN) –Government on Friday has increased income tax threshold (per year) from Rs600,000 to Rs1.2 million.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has unveiled the federal budget with a total outlay of Rs9.5 trillion in the National Assembly.

The proposal about income tax effectively means there will be no income tax on individuals earning up to Rs100,000 a month.


Major Allocations


Rs3,950 billion allocated for debt servicing in FY23

Rs1,450 billion for Defence expenditure

Rs550 billion for civilian administration

Rs530 billion for pension expenditure

Rs699 billion allocated as subsidies

Rs1,242 billion allocated as grants

Rs699 billion allocated for targeted subsidy

Rs65 billion for Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Rs44 billion for its development

Rs17 billion allocated to the IT sector

Rs21 Billion allocated for Benazir Nashunuma Program

Rs800 billion allocated for PSDP

Rs364 billion allocated for Benazir Income Support Program

Rs10bn allocated for improvement of climate projects

Rs202bn allocated for Transport & Communications sector

Austerity

The Finance Minister said austerity is the top priority of the present government. Reducing government s expenditure is part of this budget and we are taking concrete steps in this regard. He said there will be complete ban on purchase of vehicles. Except, development projects, there will also be a ban on procurement of furniture and other items. The petrol quota of cabinet members and government officials will be reduced by 40 percent. There will also be ban on foreign tours under government expense, except the important ones.

Cash subsidy

Miftah Islamabad said that a family with household income of less than Rs40,000 will be given a transfer of Rs2,000 every month.

Inflation

Ismail said that the government is aware that the common man is struggling with high prices and we are doing are best to bring them down.

“Inflation has been high, but for next year, the target has been set at 11.5%,” he added.

Growth

The minister said the government had to move towards “sustainable growth”, adding that the growth target for next year was set at 5 per cent. He said the tax to GDP ratio is estimated to the increase to 9.2 percent from the current 8.6 percent during the next financial year. He recalled that we had left this ratio at 11.1 percent in the year 2017-18. He said the overall deficit which currently stands at 8.6 percent will be gradually brought down. This will be brought down to 4.9 percent in the next fiscal year. Similarly, the overall primary balance which is currently -2.4 percent of the GDP will be improved to 0.19 percent.

Imports

The Finance Minister said the imports, which are expected to be 76 billion dollars during the current fiscal year will be reduced to 70 billion dollars in the next financial year. At present, exports are 31.3 billion dollars, which will be enhanced to 35 billion dollars in the next fiscal year. The current account balance will be reduced to -2.2 percent of the GDP from the current -4.1 percent.