Pakistan likely to increase GST on petroleum on IMF demand

Pakistan likely to increase GST on petroleum on IMF demand

The levy has to be jacked up from Ra60 to Rs100 per litre, the sources said.
Pakistan likely to increase GST on petroleum on IMF demand

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22 Mar 2024

Pakistan government is considering a proposal to impose a General Sales Tax (GST) on petroleum or increase the current rate of levy further to meet IMF demand to restore 18% GST on petrol, sources familiar with the situation claimed.

It is proposed to increase the levy on petroleum from Rs60 to Rs100 per liter in the budget of the new financial year.

Currently, a levy of Rs60 per liter is imposed on petrol and diesel, with an estimated revenue of Rs 950 billion per year. GST on petroleum products has remained at zero level since March 2022.

In the budget, GST was proposed to be 18%.

The International Monetary Fund has demanded to restoration of the standard rate of GST, sources.

Earlier on March 15, the government announced its decision to maintain the price of petrol while reducing the price of high-speed diesel by Rs 1.77 per litre.

According to the notification, the price of petrol were kept unchanged at Rs 279.75 per litre. However, there was a reduction of Rs 1.77 paise per litre in the price of high-speed diesel.

The Ministry of Finance regularly reviews the prices of petroleum products to align them with international market trends while considering the impact on consumers and the economy.

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