The Excise and Taxation Department, Sindh, operates as a revenue collecting agency for the provincial government. In this blog, we will list down all the essential information about this department, including the responsibilities and several functions performed by the department.
About the Excise, Taxation, and Narcotics Control Department, Sindh
Initially established in 1908, the Excise, Taxation, and Narcotics Control Department of Sindh used to operate under the jurisdiction of the provincial government, and its primary purpose was to collect taxes and keep a check on narcotics in the province. The department started functioning as an independent unit in 1971. Currently, the two primary functions of this excise department in Sindh are tax collection and narcotics suppression.
As per the official website, the goal of the Excise and Taxation Department, Sindh is:
“To rationalize/simplify the system of collection of provincial taxes/levies/cess to provide all possible facilities to the taxpayers and to boost up the government exchequer & to clamp down drug traffic/abuse, which is a pervasive and multifaceted curse and affects every aspect of not only the Pakistani society but the International community as well, which needs a well-coordinated, concerted and synergistic efforts on part of not only all the Government Agencies/Departments but also International Agencies/Donors including civil organizations/NGO.”
Types of Taxes Being Collected by the Excise and Taxation Department, Sindh
The following table details the different types of taxes in Sindh collected by the excise and taxation department as a part of the provincial revenue:
|Types of Taxes in Sindh||Specifications, Laws, |
|Property Tax||The tax imposed on immovable assets is known as property tax. |
The excise department of Sindh collects property tax as per the
Sindh Urban Immovable Property Tax Act, 1958.
Section 7 of the aforementioned act mandates every property
owner to evaluate their assets every five years.
According to the department’s official website,
a large portion of the department’s revenue
is generated through property tax since they
are one of the major taxes collected by the department.
|Professional Tax||As the name implies, professional tax |
is a particular type of tax collected
from professionals and individuals who want
to sustain their right to practice any profession.
|Infrastructure Tax||This particular type of tax applies to all goods and merchandise |
entering the province either by sea or air. As per the official website,
“A Cess @ 0.85% (@0.125% of Gold only) is levied on the
C and F value of goods as determined by the Customs Department”.
|Motor Registration Fee and Tax||Motor registration – also known as vehicle registration – is the |
recording of automobiles, motorcycles, and any other vehicles
into the official records of Sindh’s excise department.
According to the official website, vehicle registration is
mandatory/compulsory to prove the ownership of a vehicle.
Not to mention, it proves to be extremely beneficial
during the sale or transfer of ownership.
There are approximately 2.6 million
registered vehicles in Sindh,
and the number only keeps on growing.
The motor tax is levied under the following terms
[as quoted on the official website]:
– Every motor vehicle registered in any
district is supposed to get registered in the records
after paying a registration fee. Meanwhile, the owners
are obliged to pay due taxes on the registered vehicles.
– The annual motor vehicle tax is charged under the
Sindh Motor Vehicle Taxation Act, 1958 and Motor Vehicle Rules, 1959.
|Hotel Tax||Hotel tax is levied on hotels across Sindh, |
and every hotel owner is required to declare
the particulars of their hotel on
Hotel on Declaration Form H.T-1, annually.
According to the official website, the hotel
tax is assessed during the financial year, and
it involves three basic things. First, the tax is declared
on the return/documents filed. Secondly, an inspection
officer visits the field and assesses the tax. In the end,
the hotel owner is given an opportunity of being heard.
The total tax amount is submitted via crossed cheque and collected on monthly installments, and it can be divided into 12 months.
Meanwhile, the Excise and Taxation Officer prepares the tax challans manually.
|Excise Duty||The Excise and Taxation Department of Sindh oversees |
the production and distribution of the below-mentioned articles:
– Denatured Spirit
– Intoxicating liquor (PMFL and Beer)
– Rectified Spirit
According to the official website,
the excise matters are dealt under the following enactments:
– Prohibition (Enforcement of Hold) Ordinance, 1979
– Sindh Excise Manual Volume-I
– Sindh Prohibition Rule, 1975
– The Sindh Abkari Act, 1879
|Cotton Fee||Cotton crops comprise a large part of |
The cotton fee is imposed
according to the Cotton Control Ordinance, 1968
under the following terms [as quoted on the official
website of excise department]:
– The base of the cotton fee is the quantity of raw
cotton brought for ginning in the cotton ginning factory.
– The rate of cotton fee is PKR 10 per 100 kg of raw cotton.
|Entertainment Duty||Just like the name sounds, entertainment duty|
is imposed on recreational spots
like cinemas, amusement parks, sports
complexes, gymnasiums, auditoriums, etc.
According to the official website of the excise department:
– No duty is being collected from cinemas as of now.
– 10 percent of the admission fee is collected from
places where dramas, plays, and other
recreational programmes are staged.
– For gaming and sports complexes,
at least 5 percent of the admission charges
will go to the excise department.
– Items of amusement other than above
25% of the payment for admission.
Contact Information of Excise and Taxation Department, Government of Sindh
If you want to get in touch with Sindh’s excise department, you can either navigate to the contact section on their official website or use any of the information below to contact them:
Contact Number: 021-99231410
Address: Tughlaq House, Sindh Secretariat, Karachi.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Excise and taxation department’s official website: http://www.excise.gos.pk/
Online Services Offered by Excise and Taxation Department, Sindh
The excise and taxation office in Sindh also offers various online services on their official portal. We have compiled a list of essential and most popular online services offered by the Excise and Taxation Department, Sindh below for your convenience and easy navigation:
- Online Motor Vehicle Tax Payment and Verification
- Queue Management System
- Online Professional Tax
Before we get into the details of these services, here’s how you can locate them on the official website. To find out the online services currently being offered by the excise department, visit the home page and scroll down. You will come across ‘Online Services’ [as shown in the image below].
Online Motor Vehicle Tax Payment and Verification
Online motor vehicle tax payment in Sindh and its verification is completely hassle-free. Since, ‘Online Vehicle Verification in Sindh’ portal on the official website of the Excise Department of Sindh enables a vehicle owner to verify the vehicles they own. Meanwhile, ‘Online Motor Vehicle Tax Payment in Sindh’ feature enables you to pay online taxes. It can easily be done via a smartphone or a computer, provided that you have an internet connection. Whether you own a car, motorcycle, three-wheeler rickshaw, trucks, wagon, bus, or minivan, all you need to do is to enter your vehicle registration number and press submit. For further information, visit the links below:
Online Vehicle Verification in Sindh: http://www.excise.gos.pk/vehicle/vehicle_search
Online Motor Vehicle Tax Payment in Sindh: http://excise.gos.pk/taxes/motor-vehicle-tax/
On a side note, we have put together a simple guide on vehicle verification in Pakistan, where we have listed down how you can get any second-hand vehicle verified easily.
Queue Management System
Queue Management System is a unique feature on the official website of Sindh’s excise department. It enables users to submit their taxes online without having to stand in long queues. Hence the name Queue Management System. This service is also known as ‘Online Tax Submission’. For your convenience and easy navigation, we have shared the link to the service below:
Online Tax Submission in Sindh: https://taxportal.excise.gos.pk/home/queue
Online Professional Tax
The excise and taxation office also collects professional tax. Professional tax is imposed on businesses, professionals, and services under Rule 5(2) of Sindh Professions, Trade, Calling, and Employment Tax Rule, 1976. The Online Professional Tax feature on the portal enables you to fulfil this obligation without any hassles. Just visit the link below and follow the instructions on the website:
Online Professional Tax: http://excise.gos.pk/tax_register/
So, this was all you need to know about the Excise and Taxation Department of Sindh. We have mentioned all the essential information, including the office location of the taxation department in Sindh and its various functions and tax collections. Meanwhile, read our simple guides on excise departments of Islamabad and Punjab.
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Note: Some images in this blog including the cover image, have been taken from official pages of Excise and Taxation Department of Sindh.