Foreign payments through ATM card also liable to tax: FBR

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has included ATM Card for tax purpose in case amount remitted outside Pakistan. The FBR issued Income Tax Circular No. 03 under which credit, debit and prepaid cards are being used as a mode to pay for foreign travel, lodging, shopping etc and for online shopping from merchants outside Pakistan.

Through the Finance Act, 2018, a new section 236Y has been inserted in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 which requires every banking company to collect advance tax at the time of transfer of any sum remitted outside Pakistan on behalf of a person who has completed a debit card or credit card or prepaid card transaction with a person outside Pakistan. The advance tax collected under this section shall be adjustable.
The rate of tax to be deducted shall be 1 percent of the gross amount remitted abroad from filers and 3 percent from non-filers.
The following transactions are included in this section:-
i. Use of credit card, debit card or prepaid card in Pakistan where the transaction is with a person outside Pakistan and results in transfer of sum remitted outside Pakistan;
ii. Use of credit card, debit card or prepaid card outside Pakistan where the transaction is with a person outside Pakistan and results in transfer of sum remitted outside Pakistan;
iii. Use of ATM card outside Pakistan which results in transfer of any sum remitted outside Pakistan
All plastic cards which are categorized as debit, credit or prepaid cards are covered in this section.
As ATM cards are mostly debit cards or in some cases can also be credit or prepaid cards, transactions of cash withdrawal using ATM cards outside Pakistan are also covered in this section if such transactions sum remitted outside Pakistan.

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