Export of Services under section 154A
The Finance Act, 2022 has brought about certain amendments in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (the Ordinance, hereafter). Some significant amendments on Export of Services under section 154A are explained hereunder: –
A special regime u/s 154A for export of IT and IT enabled services was introduced through Finance Act, 2021 whereby 1% final tax was collected on realization of export proceeds of these services.
Moreover, hundred percent tax credit was available against this final tax to the exporters of IT and IT enabled services u/s 65F upon fulfilling few conditions mentioned therein.
In order to simplify the tax regime for exporters of IT and IT enabled services, the 100% tax credit regime under section 65F has been withdrawn and a reduced rate of final tax of 0.25% has been provided for exporters of IT and IT enabled services who are registered with the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).
Corresponding changes in section 65F have been made accordingly. Furthermore, scope of definitions of IT services and IT enabled services contained in clause (30AD) and clause (30AE) of section 2 of the Ordinance has been clarified and widened through the Finance Act, 2022.
Previously, the amount of foreign commission due to an indenting commission agent was charged to tax, at the rate of 5%, under sub-section (2) of section 154 of the Ordinance.
Now, this rate has been reduced to 1% by incorporating clause (da) in sub-section (1) of section 154A of the Ordinance. Corresponding changes have been made in section 154 accordingly.
Moreover, provisions of Tenth Schedule will not apply on tax collectible under section 154A of the Ordinance. Necessary change has been incorporated in rule 10 of Tenth Schedule in this regard.
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