CNG annoyed at illegal taxation

KARACHI: Leader of the CNG sector Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha on Tuesday said FBR has been illegally collecting enhanced sales tax and income tax from the CNG sector.

The illegal collection of taxes from CNG sector can compromise its ability of operate and serve masses, he said in a statement issued here today. Paracha said that delay in solution to the issue of tax will increase problems for all the stakeholders; therefore, it must be resolved on preference.

He said that Supreme Court had directed the government to slash 26 percent sales tax on the CNG sector to 17 percent which was not followed, and rather a deceptive formula was introduced which shows the sales tax at 17 percent but its impact on CNG operators is not less than thirty two percent.

He said that some sectors had been exempted from taxes while others are getting relaxations while the CNG sector that pay taxes in advance is being pushed to the wall.

He said that CNG sector wants to pay taxes the way other sectors are paying it which will bring discrimination to an end. Delay in solution to the issue will further complicate matters for all stakeholders, he warned.