The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has implemented significant changes to the tax structure for motor vehicles in an effort to boost government revenue and encourage tax compliance. The new regulations apply to both Active Taxpayers List (ATL) filers and non-filers.

For individuals not on the ATL, the tax rates on motor vehicles have been increased by a substantial 200 per cent. This means that non-filers will now be subject to fixed tax rates of 18 per cent, 24 per cent, and 30 per cent, based on the engine capacity of their vehicles, specifically 2001cc to 2500cc, 2501cc to 3000cc, and above 3000cc, respectively.

On the other hand, ATL filers will experience a different taxation structure. Instead of fixed tax amounts, they will be required to pay tax at a rate of 6 per cent, 8 per cent, and 10 per cent, depending on the engine capacity of their motor vehicles, namely 2001cc to 2500cc, 2501cc to 3000cc, and above 3000cc, respectively.

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In cases where the engine capacity is not applicable, and the value of the vehicle exceeds Rs5,000,000, the tax rate will be 3 per cent of the import value (including customs duty, sales tax, and federal excise duty for imported vehicles, and invoice value for locally manufactured or assembled vehicles).

It is worth noting that certain exemptions have been made. Pakistan’s government agencies and foreign diplomats will not be subject to these revised tax rates.

Furthermore, the circular introduced tax implications for bank withdrawals based on the withdrawn amount. Non-ATL filers will be taxed Rs303 for withdrawals of Rs50,500 and taxed Rs450 for withdrawals ranging from Rs55,000 to Rs75,000.

Additionally, to curb unnecessary foreign exchange outflows via credit/debit card transactions, the withholding tax rates for ATL persons have been increased from 1 per cent to 5 per cent, while non-ATL persons will face a higher rate of 10 per cent, up from the previous 2 per cent.

These adjustments in the tax policy aim to strengthen the country’s revenue generation while encouraging citizens to become active taxpayers.