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IMF Urges Pakistan: Tax Crypto, Reform Real Estate

International Monetary Fund is pressing Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue to introduce capital gains tax (CGT)
March 19, 2024

In a bid to stabilize its economy, Pakistan faces recommendations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to implement significant tax reforms. Notably, the IMF has advised Pakistan to levy capital gains tax (CGT) on crypto investments and to review the taxation structure for real estate and listed securities as part of the conditions for receiving a $3 billion bailout package.

During discussions concerning a $3 billion stand-by arrangement (SBA), the IMF suggested that Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) enforce taxes on crypto capital gains. The recommendation aims to ensure equitable taxation of profits across all asset classes, without exceptions based on the duration of asset ownership.

Additionally, the IMF proposed that property developers in Pakistan monitor and report all transfers before the completion and registration of property titles. Failure to comply may result in penalties, intended to bring property transactions under the tax net.

These recommendations are expected to be integrated into the forthcoming bailout package under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), potentially manifesting in the next fiscal year's budget, signaling a significant shift in Pakistan's tax policy.

The $3 billion IMF aid seeks to stabilize Pakistan's fiat economy, plagued by hyperinflation and the looming threat of debt default. The ongoing IMF review, initiated on March 14, is pivotal for Pakistan, with around $1.1 billion in aid contingent upon compliance with IMF stipulations.

Notably, the recommendation to tax crypto capital gains follows a statement by Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Pakistan's minister of state for finance and revenue, approximately a year ago, expressing reluctance to legalize crypto trading.

Moreover, the IMF's technical assistance report underscores challenges in taxing real estate capital gains in Pakistan, particularly due to the informal nature of property transactions until legal completion. To address this, the IMF proposes obligations on property developers to track and report all transfers of interest before legal completion, with penalties for noncompliance.

In line with broader reforms, the IMF advocates broadening the scope of assets subject to capital gains taxation, including emerging assets like cryptocurrencies. This aligns with a recent position paper from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), indicating a more open approach to crypto regulation.

The SECP's 'do-not-harm' philosophy signals a willingness to embrace crypto opportunities while maintaining regulatory oversight to safeguard investors and financial stability. This approach acknowledges Pakistan's potential as an emerging crypto market with over 212 million people, emphasizing innovation while mitigating risks.

In conclusion, the IMF's recommendations underscore a significant shift in Pakistan's tax policy, aiming to enhance revenue streams, ensure equitable taxation, and embrace the opportunities presented by emerging assets like cryptocurrencies, all pivotal for stabilizing Pakistan's economy.

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