Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 57% of Pakistanis believed that the taxes imposed by government are unjust.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “Some people think that taxes imposed by the government are just while others think they are unjust. What is your opinion on this?” Responding to this, 57% said unjust and 42% said just. However, 1 % did not respond. Interviewees were further asked “In your opinion, are taxation levels in Pakistan higher than necessary, lesser than necessary or at the optimal level?” To this, 66% answered more than necessary, 19% said less than necessary and 14% said at the optimal level. However, 1% chose not to respond.
A comparison of answers from across the four provinces revealed that more people from Sindh (68%) and Balochistan (65%) perceive state tax impositions as unjust when compared to residents from Punjab (57%) and KPK (34%). The same question was repeated earlier this year in January, where a similar figure of respondents (56%) claimed that government tax impositions were unjust.