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Careem and Uber to get more expensive in Sindh

Govt levies 5% tax on ride hailing services

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

The Sindh government has reduced the tax it is going to levy on online ride hailing services to 5%.

In its recently presented budget, the government had proposed a 13% tax on the service and 13% tax on drivers’ salaries. However, in a notification on Monday, the government announced that it had reduced this to 5%. This will be effective from July 1.

It denied that there would be a 26% increase in fares, as reported by The News. The service will be taxed 5% and the driver 5% separately but the consumers will only pay 5%, not 10%.

The tax was reduced after negotiations with ride hailing services like Uber and Careem. The government noted that other rent-a-car services were already paying 10% in tax, so this 5% tax will still give Uber and Careem a competitive edge.

Careem says it is trying to negotiate with the government to remove the 5% tax on its drivers’ earnings.

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