FBR To Impose More Taxes on Non-Filers on the Sale/Purchase of Plots

The property market has experienced a notable revival with the surge of upcoming real estate projects in Pakistan during the last few years. From the skyscrapers of big cities to industrial parks and residential complexes, this industry is constantly developing. At the same time, the administration recently introduced a levy due for non-filers in the property sector.

Pakistan’s real estate market is regulated by a system that contains provisions of the Transfer of Property Act, the Stamp Act, and different provincial laws that control the management of ownership, development, and land taxation. The FBR will be invaluable in implementing and enforcing these rules, especially in the context of tax collection.


New Tax Measures

Pakistan’s government, in line with IMF directives, is implementing new taxes on plot transactions. The FBR is spearheading the incorporation of real estate into the tax system, aiming to target non-filers plot transactions.


Rise the Tax Rates for Non-Filers

Non-filers of returns will be charged with a higher rate of taxes which will be as per the new tax laws and they shall be affected by the sale of their plot. It may be because the number of eligible individuals will rise and this, in turn, may lead to more people wanting to evade paying taxes to join the informal economy. This reflects the government’s commitment to fostering a culture of transparency and accountability in tax compliance, thereby bolstering investor confidence and stimulating economic growth.


Stricter Enforcement and Monitoring

The FBR has added that the consequence of these new tax regulations includes severe enforcement measures to check compliance effectively. This includes intensified inspection of real estate transactions, mainly focused on identifying and imposing penalties on those who don’t still need to file taxes. On the other hand, the FBR shall collaborate with the provincial authorities and property registrars in to monitor every real estate deal and record all of them, ensuring adherence to real estate laws in Pakistan. 


Stakeholder Reactions

On the other hand, the disclosure of FBR’s new tax policies led to contradictory responses from the stakeholders of the private property sector. These include: 


Developers and Investors

Many stakeholders in the property sector are already complaining about the downside effects of the recent tax that are expected for them in the property market. In their argument, they assume that the higher the tax rate, the more challenging it is for investors to be attracted, and also the possibility of the property value falling would be high.


Industry Associations

Associations such as the Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) represent the industry in totality and have raised concerns against such a decision. According to them, these taxations will be detrimental to the development of the realty field and will allure investors from both internal and external investors. These associations argued that the authorities should revise their positions and involve the concerned companies to present an amicable solution.


Government Perspective

These observations are the basis of the government’s argument to take the formal economy and to increase compliance with both the deduction and tax of its citizens. Enhancing the tax rate on the non-filers would be an even playing ground.


Potential Implications

In the immediate time after the new regulations, stricter enforcement and the more significant tax burden for the non-filers could cause a slowdown in real estate activity. Developers can push back their releases, and investors can be more watchful, which can subsequently make them inclined to watch and wait. This could create a situation in which other sellers face more competition, and a drop in trading volume may arise as a consequence.

These new rules can make the real estate market more transparent, accessible, and well-managed. The government’s goals are served by ensuring compliance with taxes and orderly displacement of informal businesses. A formal and transparent real estate sector could bring about the appetite for long-term investments. With the help of such investments, the real estate industry can achieve sustainability in the long term. This could encourage the creation of new and creative real estate property forms and investment openings. 

The taxes generated by the new system can be used to improve urban infrastructure and manage city planning. This investment in infrastructure would be a boon to the real estate sector. It would enhance understandability, accessibility, and general well-being, which in turn will lead to higher property values and demand in the long run.



The FBR’s decision to impose higher taxes on real estate non-filers is intended to improve tax compliance levels and transparency in this sector. However, there are two sides to this coin, as the industry expressed criticism. Nevertheless, the market with more regulations brings more advantages in the long term as long as the government and stakeholders work together towards a common goal.