Karachi’s wholesale and retail markets, which meet the needs of low-income and middle-class areas of city, regularly submitting their due taxes in accordance with their incomes.
Tax Compliance in Posh areas
In comparison, tax collection from big commercial markets and food streets of Karachi. Situated in the city’s posh areas like Clifton Block 5, have been exceptionally low. Surprisingly, only four businessmen filed their returns, paying a total of Rs175 in taxes in 2018.
Tax Compliance in Low income areas
807 vendors from Karachi’s famous Burns Road Food Street paid more than Rs111.3 million in taxes. Karachi’s Lalukhet market erased the gap between the rich and poor by paying taxes equal to the Tariq Road market.
According to the income tax data released by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for the financial year 2017-2018, the markets in the Saddar area of Karachi paid a total of over Rs77 billion in taxes. The collected tax is more than the tax revenue generated from industrial cities like Faisalabad, Sialkot, Wazirabad, and Gujranwala. More than 100 shopping malls and bazaars in Karachi have paid a total income tax of over Rs94 billion, of which 82 per cent came from Saddar bazaar.
Data showed that about 10,803 shopkeepers from the markets of Liaquatabad, submitted an income tax worth Rs1billion.
Along with shopping malls selling new items, second-hand markets for clothes, bags, shoes, and other daily necessities have also been filing the taxes regularly. Markets like Light House and Lunda Bazar have paid Rs55.2 million in taxes. Empress Market, which was recently displaced and shifted to another area, paid a tax of Rs196.5 million.
About 540 booksellers from Urdu Bazaar paid Rs26.44 million, shops in Soldier Bazaar paid more than Rs32 million, while about 200 vendors of Babar Market in Landhi paid more than Rs10 million in taxes.
The Meena Bazaar, a centre for women’s jewellery and beautification products, filed a tax return of Rs17.8 million. Uni Center, the market for computer equipment, paid a tax of Rs600 million. Traders at Timber Market, the country’s largest timber trade centre, paid Rs233.1 million in taxes, whereas the Tibet Center Market for vehicle spare parts, paid a tax of Rs10.5 million.
The car showrooms and shops located at the Site Industrial Avenue paid a total of over Rs6 billion in taxes. About 202 shops located in a building of Market Forum, a favourite market of the affluent class in Karachi, paid Rs3.31 billion in taxes. Up-scale brand shops located at Karachi’s Park Tower Shopping Mall paid 621.8 million.
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