What the 2014 data on tax filers and non-filers implies for widening the tax net
In the first of two pieces analyzing the 2014 income tax data, IDEAS Senior Fellow Anjum Nasim and Part Time Research Associate Umbreen Fatima explore how filers and non-filers of tax returns contribute to Pakistan's overall income tax in a blog post for Developing Pakistan. They find that withholding taxes paid by non-filers take a significant share of income tax, demonstrating the relatively high number of taxpayers outside the tax net. In addition to breaking down the numbers of how income tax is collected between tax filers and non-filers, Nasim and Fatima identify solutions and challenges for widening the tax base to generate more revenue.
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