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Pakistan budget approved with GST rate rise to 17%

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  • 19 June 2013 | Richard Asquith

Pakistan budget approved with GST rate rise to 17%

The Pakistan Goods & Services GST rate has risen from 16% to 17% from 13 June 2013.

There have been rumours of a Pakistani GST VAT rise for many years, and last week the government was denying any plans.

In addition to a rise in the standard rate increase, non-GST registered traders will incur a 1% supplementary charge, meaning an 18% rate.  A number of basic foods have now been reclassified from exempt to liable to GST.  Supplies of commercial electricity will move to 21%.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.