Tobacco control activists demand government to impose FED on tobacco products

Mr. Wasim, Center for Social Policy and Development, said that the excise tax in Pakistan is still below Rs. 90 billion. The FBR achieved this in 2015-2016. Since June 2019, the rate of excise duty on cigarettes has not changed but the price of cigarettes has increased. Excise duty was not the main reason for the increase in cigarette prices in 2019. This was due to the increase in tax prices. ۔ Excessive tax changes in prices serve a dual purpose. This increases the profitability of each industry and the industry uses this price increase to avoid any kind of tax increase in the tax rate for the year 2020. Their results caused a loss of 35 billion and 15 billion. In this context, the government is recommended to increase taxes.

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February-08-2021