Social Incidence of the General Sales Tax in Pakistan

Author/Editor:

Saadia Refaqat

Publication Date:

November 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper analyses the social incidence of the general sales tax (GST) in Pakistan. The main finding of the study is that contrary to widespread perception, the social incidence of the GST in Pakistan is slightly progressive. The main reason for this counterintuitive result is that most items heavily consumed by the poor are exempt from GST in Pakistan.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/216

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451875102/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2162003

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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