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The Punjab Finance Act, 2015

(Act XXIX of 2015)

C O N T E N T S 

SECTION                                HEADING 

           1.      Short title, extent and commencement.

           2.      Amendment in Act II of 1899.

           3.      Amendment in Act VI of 2010.

           4.      Amendment in Act XV of 2011.

           5.      Amendments in Act XLII of 2012.

[1]The Punjab Finance Act, 2015

(Act XXIX of 2015)

[26 June 2015] 

An Act to levy, alter and rationalize certain taxes, fees and duties in the Punjab.

It is necessary in public interest to levy, alter and rationalize certain taxes, fees and duties in the Punjab; and, to deal with ancillary matters;

Be it enacted by Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as follows:--- 

1.   Short title, extent and commencement.–(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Finance Act 2015.

            (2) It extends to whole of the Punjab.

            (3) It shall come into force on the first day of July 2015. 

2.         Amendment in Act II of 1899.– In the Stamp Act, 1899 (II of 1899), in section 27-A, in subsection (1), for the expression “Articles 23, 27-A, 31 or 33”, the expression “Articles 23, 27-A, 31, 33 or 63” shall be substituted. 

3.   Amendment in Act VI of 2010.–In the Punjab Finance Act 2010 (VI of 2010), in section 6, in subsection (5), in clause (a), the words “and the value of which exceeds one million rupees” shall be omitted. 

4.   Amendment in Act XV of 2011.–In the Punjab Finance Act 2011 (XV of 2011), section 7 shall be omitted. 

5.         Amendments in Act XLII of 2012.–In the Punjab Sales Tax on Services Act 2012 (XLII of 2012):---

            (1)        in section 2:---

(a)        for clause (1), the following shall be substituted:---

“(1)       ”Additional Commissioner” means a person appointed as Additional Commissioner of the Authority;

(1A)      ”Appellate Tribunal” means the Appellate Tribunal established under the Punjab Revenue Authority Act 2012 (XLIII of 2012);”;

(b)        after clause (26), the following clause (26A) shall be inserted:

“(26A) “non-banking financial institution” includes a company licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan to carry out any one or more of the following forms of business:

(i)                 investment finance services;

(ii)               leasing;

                              (iii)       housing finance services;

                              (iv)       venture capital investment;

                              (v)        discounting services;

                              (vi)       investment advisory services;

                              (vii)      asset management services; and

                              (viii)     any other form of business which the Federal Government may, from time to time, by notification in the official Gazette specify;”; and

(c)        after clause 42, the following clause (42A) shall be inserted:---

“(42A)     ”taxpayer” means any person who, in the course of an economic activity, provides taxable services for consideration;”;

(2)        in section 3, after subsection (5), the following subsection (6) shall be inserted:

                  ”(6)      The services mentioned in the First Schedule are not exhaustive and all the services mentioned in the Second Schedule, rules and circulars shall be taxable services.”;

(3)        in section 10, after subsection (4), the following subsection (5) shall be inserted:

                  ”(5)      For purposes of subsection (4), the amount of tax entitled to be deducted shall not include any amount of additional tax, default surcharge, fine, penalty or fee imposed or charged under the Act.”;

(4)        in section 32, in subsection (1), for the word “five”, the word “six” shall be substituted;

(5)        in section 33, in subsection (1), after the words “the records maintained”, the words “or obtained” shall be inserted;

(6)        in section 34:---

            (a) for subsection (1), the following shall be substituted:---

                        ”(1)      The Authority may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint a Chartered Accountant as defined under Chartered Accountants Ordinance, 1961 (X of 1961) or a firm of Chartered Accountants or a Cost and Management Accountant within the meaning of the Cost and Management Accountants Act, 1966 (XIV of 1966), or a firm of Cost and Management Accountants or a person or a firm having expertise in forensic audit, for conducting a special audit or forensic audit or both of the records of any registered person.”;

(b)        after subsection (3), the following subsection (3A) shall be inserted:---

                  ”(3A) The Authority may require that such officers of the Authority as the Authority may nominate, shall be associated in the special audit or the forensic audit conducted under subsection (1) and the Authority may also get the special audit or the forensic audit conducted jointly with similar audit of a registered person being conducted by FBR or any other provincial administrations of sales tax on services.”;  

(7)        in section 35, in subsection (6), for the words “A registered person may”,  the words “Subject to rules, a registered person may” shall be substituted;

(8)        in section 48, in subsection (2), in the TABLE:---

            (a)        at S.No.1:---

                        (i)         in column 3, for the words “shall be ten thousand rupees the words “for a company shall be one hundred thousand rupees and for a person, other than a company, shall be fifty thousand rupees” shall be substituted; and

                        (ii)        in column 4, for the figure “25”, the expression “25 and 27” shall be substituted;

            (b)        for S.No.5, the following shall be substituted:---

S.No.

Offences

Penalties

Section

“5.

Where a person, without any reasonable cause, fails to produce the record or information despite receipt of a notice from the Authority or any officer of the Authority directing him to produce such record or information.

Such person shall pay a penalty of twenty five thousand rupees for the first default and fifty thousand rupees for each subsequent default.

30, 32, 53 and 57”

            (c)        at S. No. 10, in column 4, for the existing entry, the expression “General and section 59” shall be substituted;

(9)        in section 57:---

            (a)        for subsection (2), the following shall be substituted:---

                              ”(2)      An officer conducting an audit, enquiry, investigation or otherwise for the purposes of the Act or the rules may require in writing any person to furnish any information as is held by the person.”; and

            (b)        in subsection (3), after the words, “the Authority”, the words “or an officer authorized by the Authority” shall be inserted;

(10)      after section 87, the following sections 88 and 89 shall be inserted:---

                        ”88. Prize schemes to promote tax culture.– The Authority may, with the approval of the Government, prescribe prize schemes to encourage the general public to make purchases only from registered persons issuing tax invoices. 

                        89. Reward to whistleblowers.– (1) The Authority may, with the approval of the Government, sanction reward to a whistleblower.

                              (2)  The Authority may, by notification, prescribe the procedure in this behalf and also specify the apportionment of reward sanctioned under this section for a whistleblower.

                              (3) The claim for reward by the whistleblower shall be rejected if,---

            (a) the information provided is of no value;

            (b) the Authority already had the information;

(c)        the information was available in public records; or

            (d)       no collection of tax is made from the information provided by a whistleblower.

                              (4)  Where, after providing an opportunity of being heard, it is found that a whistleblower has provided false, misleading or frivolous information,he shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred thousand rupees.

                              (5)  In this section, ‘whistleblower’ means a person who reports concealment or evasion of tax or tax fraud leading to detection or collection of the tax.”;

            (11)      in Second Schedule:---

(a)        in the TABLE, in the caption, in column 3, for the word “Classification”, the expression “Classification, if applicable” shall be substituted;

                  (b)  at S.No. 1:---

(i)         in column 2, after the word “caterers”, the words “(including all ancillary or allied services such as floral or other decoration, furnishing of space whether or not involving rental of equipment and accessories)” shall be inserted; and

(ii)        in column 3, for the word `and’, a comma shall be substituted and after the figures “9862.0000”, the expression “and respective headings” shall be inserted;

(b)        at S.No.2, in column 2, for paragraph (b), the following shall be substituted:

“(b)      financed out of funds provided by a Government under an agreement of foreign grant-in-aid;”

(c)        at S.No.4, in column 2, after the word “including”, the expression “express cargo or logistic services or” shall be inserted;

(d)       at S.No.13:

(i)         in column 2, after the words “intellectual property rights services”, the words “and licensing services” shall be inserted;

(ii)        in column 3, for the existing entries, the following shall be substituted:

“9823.0000, 9839.0000 and respective headings”;

(e)        at S.No.14, in column 2, under the caption “EXCLUDING:”, for the existing entries, the following shall be substituted:

            ”(i)       Where the tax is otherwise paid by registered persons as property developers, builders or promoters for building construction; or

                                    (ii)        Where the construction work is funded under an agreement of foreign grant-in-aid or involves construction of consular buildings; or 

                                    (iii)       Government civil works including those of Cantonment Boards; or 

                                    (iv)       Residential construction projects where the covered area does not exceed 10,000 square feet for a house and 20,000 square feet for an apartment except where construction services are provided to construct more than one house or more than one apartment building.” 

(f)        at S.No.15, in column 2, for the existing entries, the following shall be substituted:

            ”Services provided by property developers, builders and promoters (including their allied services) excluding actual purchase value or documented cost of land.”;

 (g)       at S.No.18:---

            (i)         in column 2, for the existing entries, the following shall be substituted:---

                                    ”Services provided for personal care by beauty parlors, salons, clinics, sliming clinics, spas (including saunas, Turkish baths and Jacuzzi) and similar other establishments including cosmetic and plastic surgery and hair transplants.

                                    EXCLUDING:---

                                    Services provided in a parlour, salon or clinic where the facility of air-conditioning is not installed or is not available in the premises on any day of the financial year.”; and

(ii)        in column 3, after the existing entries, the expression “and 9815.7000 and respective headings” shall be inserted;

(h)        at S.No.21, in column 4, for the figures “400”, the figures “1000” shall be substituted;

(i)         at S.No.22:

(i)         in column 2, for the existing entry, the following shall be substituted:---

“Information technology-enabled or information technology based services including software development, software customization, software maintenance, system support, system assembly, system integration, system designing and architecture, system analysis, system development, system operation, system maintenance, system up-gradation and modification, data warehousing or management, data entry operations, data migration or transfer, system security or protection, web designing, web development, web hosting, network designing, services relating to enterprise resource or management planning (including marketing of products), development and sale of smart phone applications or games, graphics designing, medical transcription, remote monitoring, telemedicine, insurance claim processing, online retrieval and database access or retrieval service.”; and

(ii)        in column 3, after the figure “9815.6000”, the words “and respective headings” shall be inserted;

(j)         at S.No.24:---

            (i)   in column 2:---

“Services provided by other consultants (by whatever name called or treated, whether as consultant or otherwise) including human resource and personnel development services, exhibition or convention services, event management services (whole range and variety of their services regardless of separate or individual classification thereof), valuation services, evaluation services (including competency and eligibility testing services), certification, verification and equivalence services, market research services, marketing or sales services (including marketing agencies and on line marketing or sales services), surveyors services, training or coaching services (other than general education services) and credit rating services.”; and

(ii)        in column 3, after the existing entries, the expression “, 9825.0000, 9819.5000, 9849.0000, 9818.9000, 9853.0000, 9856.0000 and respective headings” shall be inserted;

(k)        at S.No.30:---

(i)         in column 2, for the existing entries, the following shall be substituted:---

“Services provided by a registrar to an issue, share transfer or depository services including services provided through manual or electronic book-entry system used to record and maintain securities and to register the transfer of shares, securities and derivatives (including investor account services, trustee or custodial services, share registrar services and their allied or connected services).”; and

            (ii)        in column 3, for the existing entries, the following shall be substituted:

                                    ”9819.9500, 9819.9090 and respective headings”;

(l)         at S.No.33:---

            (i)         in column 2, after the words “fashion designers”, the words “including use of brand name, logo or house mark (whether or not registered) in the manufacturing or trading of products” shall be inserted; and

            (ii)        in column 3, after the existing entries, the expression “, 9839.0000 and respective headings” shall be inserted;

(m)       at S.No.34:---

            (i)         in column 2, after the words “town planners”, the expression “landscapers, landscape designers” shall be inserted; and

            (ii)        in column 3, after the figure “9814.9000”, the expression “, 9814.4000 and respective headings” shall be inserted;

(n)        at S.No. 35:---

            (i)         in column 2, after the words “rent-a-car”, the expression “(including renting of all categories of  vehicles meant for transportation of persons)” shall be inserted; and

            (ii)        in column 3, for the existing entry, the expression “9819.3000 and respective headings” shall be inserted;

(o)        at S.No.42, in column 2, for the words “for patients”, the words “exclusively for medical treatment purposes” shall be substituted; and

            (p)        after S.No.46, in columns 1 to 4, the following entries shall be inserted:---

S. No.

Description

Classification, if Applicable

Rate of Tax

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

“47

Services in relation to transport of goods other than water, through pipeline, conduit or any other medium (other than inland carriage of goods by road otherwise taxable or chargeable to tax as such).  

Respective headings

Sixteen percent

48

Services provided by persons for inter-city carriage of goods by rail or road.

EXCLUDING:

Services provided by an individual owner of a vehicle for carriage of goods.

98.04, 9804.2000, 9804.9000 and respective headings

Sixteen percent

49

Visa processing services including advisory or consultancy services for foreign education or for migration, visa application filing, services provided by document collection centresand subsequent assistance in visa processing (including all ancillary services).

Respective headings

Sixteen percent

50

Services in relation to supply of tangible goods including machinery, equipment and appliances for use, without transferring right of possession and effective control of such machinery, equipment and appliances.

Respective headings

Sixteen percent

51

Public relation services including communication services and services provided by public relations or media management businesses, communication specialists, media researchers, and services provided by opinion poll agencies.

9819.9200 and respective headings

 

Sixteen percent

52

Services provided by accountants (including practicing chartered or cost accountants), auditors, actuaries, tax consultants (by whatever name called), practicing company secretaries, receivers, liquidators, auctioneers and corporate law consultants, whether individual or otherwise.

9815.2000

9815.3000

9850.0000

9851.0000

9855.0000 and respective headings

 

Sixteen percent

53

Domestic transportation of goods by air (other than courier services otherwise taxable or chargeable to tax as such)

Respective headings

Sixteen percent

54

Facilities for travel (by air):

(a) services provided or rendered in respect of travel by air of passengers embarking from the Punjab for air travel or journey within the territorial jurisdiction of Pakistan:

    (i) long routes

 

 

    (ii) short routes

 

Explanation.- For the purpose of this entry, “long routes” means journeys exceeding 500 kilometres, and “short routes” means the remaining journeys.

 

(b) Services provided or rendered in respect of travel by air of passengers embarking from the Punjab for international air travel or journey:

 

(i)        economy and economy plus

 

(ii)      club, business and first class.

EXCLUDING:

 

Air travel services provided to Hajj or Umrah passengers, diplomats and supernumerary crew.

9803.1000

9803.1100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rs.2500 per ticket

 

Rs.1500 per ticket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rs.5000 per ticket

 

 

Rs.10,000 per ticket

 

55

Chartered flight services within or originating from the Punjab.

9803.1000

9803.9000

Sixteen percent

56

Debt collection and similar other recovery services.

9863.0000

Sixteen percent

57

Supply chain management or distribution (including delivery) services.

Respective headings

Sixteen percent

58

Services provided by photography studios and event or occasion photographers/film-makers

 

 

EXCLUDING:

 

Non-corporate (individual) photographers operating from small road-side shops declared as such by the Authority. 

9819.7000 and respective headings

 

Sixteen percent

59

Sponsorship services.

9805.9100

Sixteen percent”


[1]This Act was passed by the Punjab Assembly on 24 June 2015; assented to by the Governor of the Punjab on 26 June 2015; and, was published in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 26 June 2015, pages7361-68.

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