The Finance (Supplementary) Bill, 2023 proposes to reintroduce advance tax on functions and gatherings, requiring a tax withholding of 10 per cent for filers and 20 per cent for non-filers.

The tax rate will be applied to the total amount of the bill from the individual or entity hosting the function, whether it is in a marriage hall, marquee, hotel, restaurant, commercial lawn, club, community place, or any other location used for such purposes.

If the food, service, or any other facility is provided by another person, the host must also collect advance tax on the payment for such items at a rate of 10 per cent for filers and 20 per cent for non-filers. This tax will be adjustable against income subject to the normal tax regime and refundable if it cannot be adjusted.


The proposed supplementary finance bill has introduced advanced tax on air tickets, marriage halls, hotels, commercial lawns, marquees, and clubs. Additionally, a 10 per cent advance tax will be levied on wedding ceremonies. Duty on business and first-class air travel has also been increased.

The bill also suggests a 10 per cent hike in the tax on the retail price of beverages. Furthermore, the FED on cement will increase from Rs1.5 to Rs2 per kg after a proposed rise of 50 paisas per kg.

The supplementary finance bill has also proposed an increase in the FED on cigarettes.

  • The proposed supplementary finance bill suggests a tax of Rs16,500 per 1,000 cigarettes for the tier 1 category, and Rs5,050 per 1,000 cigarettes for the tier 2 category.
  • The bill proposes a 10 per cent tax on sugary juices, syrups, squashes, and artificial sweeteners, and an 18 per cent GST on the retail prices of all items.
  • Imported mobile phones worth more than $500 will see an increase in GST from 17 per cent to 25 per cent.
  • The same 25 per cent rate will be applicable to all luxury goods.
  • The bill proposes a levy of 20 per cent or Rs50,000 FED for air tickets.
  • No additional tax will be applied to wheat, rice, milk, pulses, vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, meat, or poultry.
  • Real estate or property will not be subject to any tax in the mini budget.
  • The document proposes an increase in the monthly stipend for beneficiaries of the Benazir Income Support Program, with the program’s budget increased by 40 per cent.