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FBR urged to reduce regulatory duty on lighting fittings

FBR urged to reduce regulatory duty on lighting fittings

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been urged to reduce regulatory duty on lighting fittings in alignment with LED bulbs and LED tubes.

The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) in its proposals for budget 2020/2021 submitted to the FBR, stated that current regulatory duty on lighting fittings with fixed / fitted LED under HS code 9405.1030 and 9405.4020 is 30% whereas on LED bulbs (HS code 8539.5010) and LED tubes (HS code 8539.5020) the same is 2 percent.

Therefore, it is recommended that regulatory duty should be reduced on Lighting fittings with fixed / fitted LED under HS code 9405.1030 and 9405.4020 in alignment with LED bulbs and LED tubes.

Consequent to amendments in law relating to IOCO arrangements, sales tax (including duties) is exempt under fifth schedule of Customs Act under serial no 23 on all type of housing i.e. ‘’Housing/Shell, shell cover and base cap for all kinds of LED Lights and Bulbs under respective headings.

Accordingly, sales tax should have been exempt on said product under sixth schedule of STA 1990. However, this is not the case as related amendment in sixth schedule of STA 1990 was not made.

To align with amendment in fifth schedule of Customs Act under serial no 23, consequent amendment be made in serial no. 15A of sixth Schedule of STA 1990 for description of goods for HS code 9405.1090 be changed from Aluminum Housing /shell for LED (LED Light Fixture) to Housing/Shell, shell cover and base cap for all kinds of LED Lights and Bulbs as.

The OICCI said that through Finance Supplementary (Amendment) Act October 2018, Energy Saving Tubes under HS code 8539.3120 are exempted from sales tax (including duties) under serial no. 22 (xiii) of fifth Schedule of Customs Act 1969. However, related amendments are not made in table 3, serial no. 15 of sixth Schedule of STA 1990.

To align with amendment in fifth schedule of Customs Act under serial no 22 (xiii), consequent amendment be made in serial no. 15 in table 3 of sixth Schedule of STA 1990 by addition of HS code 8539.3120.

Taxation of Export of Services and Execution of Contracts outside Pakistan: As per Clause (3) of Part II of second schedule of ITO, the rate of tax has been increased from 1 percent to 3.5 percent and 4 percent on account of execution of contract outside Pakistan and export of services respectively. This significant increase in Finance Act 2016 has adversely affected the export business of companies.

The rate of tax needs to be reverted back to 1 percent.