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Karachi’s biggest markets pay more tax than Lahore’s, Islamabad’s combined

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 2, 2019 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
Posted: Nov 2, 2019 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
Karachi’s biggest markets pay more tax than Lahore’s, Islamabad’s combined

In a survey of the country’s biggest markets, the FBR has found that Karachi pays the most tax. In fact, the tax collected from Karachi’s six biggest markets is more than the tax collected from the biggest markets in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Faisalabad combined. 

The FBR surveyed the markets in Saddar, Tariq Road, Clifton, Golimar, DHA and Gulistan-e-Jauhar and found that they collectively paid Rs30.87 billion in taxes. There were 50,200 tax filers in these markets and the 18,744 big taxpayers paid a total of Rs29.94 billion in taxes to the government.

In comparison, Lahore’s four biggest markets paid Rs567 million in taxes. These are Anarkali, Mall Road, Hafeez Centre and Liberty Market. There are a total of 3,950 tax filers at these markets.

Rawalpindi’s big markets pay Rs1 billion in taxes and have 6,508 filers. Faisalabad’s five big markets pay Rs141 million in taxes.

Islamabad’s four big markets — Supermarket, Blue Area, F-10 Markaz and Jinnah Super — paid Rs1.93 billion in tax.

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      NOMAN  November 2, 2019 10:20 am/ Reply

    what get in Return ??

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      NOMAN  November 2, 2019 10:26 am/ Reply


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      anas  November 3, 2019 12:05 am/ Reply

    karachi exports

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      Salman  November 3, 2019 1:13 pm/ Reply

    Only Karachi is paying taxes & getting nothing in return .. Punjab on the whole takes more money and pay very less…… East pakistan was created based on this approach….

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      Muhammad Faiz  November 3, 2019 5:38 pm/ Reply

    It seems governance is not strong at the center.

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      Adeel  November 4, 2019 7:19 pm/ Reply

    Salman bro, It is not Punjab that is eating your share, it is the corrupt politicians which are wrecking havoc in Karachi. There are development projects on papers but on ground they do not exist. It is corruption that is eating our country, please stop blaming your brothers living in other parts of the country. The real blame is on politicians and bureaucracy. We should not use provincial card because it creates divide among peoples who are brothers and the followers of Islam. We are united as one.

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      Taimoor Khan  November 6, 2019 3:35 pm/ Reply

    Karachi is like a […] for all the Governments and other institutions. They just want money from here. Even Multan has a metro which runs empty and is a loss-making unit. But for Karachi we are 3rd grade citizens so we don’t deserve any facilities. Karachi heights are kept deprived from even basic necessities like water, transport and sanitation. KARACHI IS ALWAYS IGNORED.

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      Jawed Islam  November 19, 2019 1:25 pm/ Reply

    I born in Karachi 65-years before and during the period I pass through the same experienced as express above.
    I still don’t see any ray of light of improvement in Karachi.
    I don’t know what will be the future of my children?

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      Hassan Ilyas  December 2, 2019 10:03 pm/ Reply

    lets stop paying taxes and as in USA california is the richest state based on their income and the major chunk of their income spends on their own city. cus the more deserving city of its funds is the one earns it.

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      SAM JAFF  December 18, 2019 4:58 pm/ Reply


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      zeeshan  May 9, 2020 9:41 pm/ Reply

    only because corrupt politicains of karachi , it is not developed as expected to be .

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