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Chairperson's Message

Mr. Misri Ladhani

Chairperson of the Balochistan Revenue Authority

The Government of Balochistan has an overwhelming dependence on federal transfers being received from the federal divisible pool and through straight transfers. The Balochistan has a narrow base of own revenue resources. There is no substantial service sector and industrial establishments in Balochistan except a few factories in Hub (Lasbella district). Due to deteriorating law and order situation of the province, no foreign direct investment has yet come-forth. Un-employment in the private sector, results in huge dependence on the government jobs causing increase to non-development expenditure and conversely, a budget deficit.

Balochistan as a whole now wishes for faster development. People are becoming more politically conscious and socially motivated to improve their living standards. The Government of Balochistan is fully committed to fulfill the wishes of its people with more progressive, dedicated and sincere efforts.

Consequent upon 18th Amendment (Item No 49 of the Fourth Schedule) in the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 and pursuant to Articles 8 and 9(2) of the 7th NFC Award, the Sales Tax on Services has been devolved to the Provinces, and accordingly the Government of Balochistan has established its own Revenue Authority titled “Balochistan Revenue Authority” under the Balochistan Revenue Authority Act, 2015 (Act No. VII of 2015) and also enacted the Balochistan Sales Tax on Services Act, 2015 (Act No. VI of 2015) to regulate the matters relating to the administration, management, imposition, levy, collection and payment of duty, cess and sales tax on services effective from July 01, 2015.

It is a moment of pleasure that BRA has embarked upon managing its own affairs. It is the only ray of hope to generate revenue for the province.
After my joining as Chairperson, Balochistan Revenue Authority on September 11, 2017, I have endeavored to formulate

  1. The Balochistan Sales Tax on Services Rules, 2018 and
  2. The Balochistan Special Procedure (Withholding) Rules, 2018 and got these approved from the Provincial Cabinet on May 29, 2018.
    Further, I have also reviewed
  1. The Balochistan Revenue Authority Act, 2015 and
  2. The Balochistan Sales Tax on Services Acts, 2015 and found therein numerous typographical errors and irregularities in placement of legal provisions. Both the Acts, were also found not compatible with Court judgments, and the amendments made by the sister revenue authorities i.e. Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) and Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) in their Acts. Therefore, taking into consideration the cited facts, requisite amendments in both the Acts, were proposed through Amendment Bills, 2018 and the same have been unanimously approved by the Provincial Cabinet on November 23, 2018.
  3. BRA is also engaged in the process of recruitment of officers and staff through third party/testing service. And great care is being taken to maintain transparency and meritocracy so that the human resource inducted is the best available. The Authority would also entail interaction with all stakeholders with a view to raise awareness amongst taxpayers and imparting training to officers/staff in order to build up their professional capacity and caliber.

    Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had been collecting sales tax on services on behalf of the Balochistan Revenue Authority (BRA) till F/Y 2014-15. In F/Y 2014-15 FBR had collected BSTS @ PKR 0.870 Billion only. However, after establishment of BRA, the revenue collection has recorded tremendous growth. Revenue collection in F/Y 2017-18 depicts @ PKR 7.161 Billion. Hopefully revenue collection (BSTS) will increase manifold in forthcoming years.

    I hope that fully functional and capable BRA could play a vital role in raising the Balochistan as a prosperous and developed province. But I do believe that BRA alone cannot do much; therefore, I urge all the service providers and service recipients operating in Balochistan to come forward and get registered with BRA and pay their due share of tax to the Government of Balochistan under account head “B-02387-BSTS” and discharge their legal and moral obligation to the utmost service of the people of Balochistan.

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