The tax on automobiles over 2,000cc, as well as the tax rates on higher income brackets of salaried and non-salaried classes, have been raised in response to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) requests.
A day before the Budget for 2023-24, there was no rise in vehicle registration tax rates or higher income categories for salaried and non-salaried classes. However, in order to restart the IMF plan, the government had to implement additional taxing measures in order to raise more than Rs215 billion for the national coffers.
So, while all of those routes were discovered where rates might be set to bring in additional money, the government did not try to find out who was already outside the tax net.
The government imposed a fixed tax on imported and locally manufactured automobiles with displacements ranging from 2,001cc to 3,000cc, according to the modified Finance Bill 2023-24 adopted by parliament on Sunday.
The fixed tax rate would be 6% of the value of a vehicle with an engine capacity ranging from 2,001cc to 2,500cc. A vehicle with an engine capacity of 2,501cc to 3,000cc would be taxed at a set rate of 8% of its value.
A set rate of tax would be 10% of the value of a vehicle with an engine capacity greater than 3,000cc. In the budget, Finance Bill 2023-24 also approved raising tax rates for higher income brackets of paid and non-salaried classes.
The tax rate for salaried individuals whose taxable income exceeds Rs1,200,000 but does not exceed Rs2,400,000 remains constant. The tax rate would continue at Rs15,000 plus 12.5% of any sum in excess of Rs1,200,000.
Where taxable income exceeds Rs2,400,000 but does not exceed Rs3,600,000, the tax rate is Rs165,000 + 22.5% of the amount beyond Rs2,400,000.
Where taxable income exceeds Rs3,600,000 but does not exceed Rs6,000,000, the tax rate is Rs405,000 + 27.5% of the amount beyond Rs3,600,000.
Where taxable income exceeds Rs6,000,000, the tax rate is Rs1,095,000 + 35% of the amount in excess of Rs6,000,000.
The modified Finance Bill 2023 also raised income tax on the earnings of people and associations of persons (AOPs) other than salaried individuals.
According to the amended slabs for individuals/AOPs, where taxable income exceeds Rs600,000 but does not exceed Rs800,000, the tax rate would be 7.5% of the amount above Rs 600,000.
Where taxable income exceeds Rs800,000 but does not exceed Rs1,200,000, the tax rate is Rs15,000 + 15% of the amount above Rs800,000.
If your taxable income exceeds Rs1,200,000 but does not exceed Rs2,400,000, the tax rate is Rs75,000 + 20% of the amount over Rs1,200,000.
Where taxable income exceeds Rs2,400,000 but does not exceed Rs3,000,000, the tax rate is Rs315,000 + 25% of the amount over Rs2,400,000.
Under the new slab, taxable income that exceeds Rs3,000,000 but does not exceed Rs4,000,000 is taxed at Rs465,000 + 30% of the amount exceeding Rs3,000,000.
When taxable income exceeds Rs4,000,000, the tax rate is Rs765,000 plus 35% of the amount over Rs4,000,000.