List of highest taxpayers among Pakistani politicians

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On Monday, the federal government made public the income details of the members of parliament. The statistics showed a 28% decline in the taxes paid by the lawmakers and showed that one in 10 legislators did not even file the tax returns in 2019.

Prime Minister Imran Khan paid PKR 9.9 million in income tax, excluding the tax on agricultural income, which equaled 22.7% of his declared income of PKR 43.6 million. The premier was the 10th highest taxpayer among the 392 parliament members. Imran had paid only PKR 282,449 tax in 2018.

Here is a list of the Highest Taxpayers among politicians

MNA Najeebullah Haroon paid the highest PKR 140.7 million tax or 7.5% of his PKR 1.9 billion income. 

Senator Saifullah Abro came second with PKR 60.7 million contributions to the national kitty on PKR 213 million incomes.

Senator Talha Mehmood of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) – the third highest taxpaying parliamentarian, paid PKR 32.3 million on PKR 180.3 million income at a rate of 18%. 

MNA Sheikh Fayyazuddin paid Rs28 million – just 1.7% of his total income of PKR 1.7 billion. Still, he was the fourth-highest taxpayer in the category of the parliamentarian.

The Finance Minister, Shaukat Tarin, was the fifth-highest taxpayer, who paid PKR 26.6 million in taxes on his PKR 304 million income in 2019– at the rate of 8.7%.

However, the PML-N President and Opposition Leader in National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, paid PKR 8.2 million tax which was 14.5% of his PKR 56.4 million declared income.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Usman Buzdar, paid a meager sum of PKR 2,000 tax on PKR 938,858 regular income at 0.2%. Buzdar’s could be the fit case for an audit because the effective tax rate of 0.2% does not seem justifiable.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah paid PKR 1.1 million or 3.3% of his income of PKR 33.5 million, which appears to be too low.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan paid PKR 66,258 on PKR 2.5 million income, bringing his effective rate to a mere 2.6%. Moreover, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, paid PKR 1.1 million tax on PKR 7.9 million tax –at a 13.5% tax rate.

Furthermore, Former president Asif Ali Zardari paid PKR 2.2 million or 1.5% of his regular annual income of PKR 146.6 million.

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