Islamabad, December 24, 2012
According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 58% of Pakistanis think that there should be Agricultural Tax whereas 40% disagree.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “In your opinion, should there be tax on agricultural income?” Responding to this, 58% think that there should be tax on agricultural income while 40% believe that there should be no such tax. However, 2% did not give a view.
Question: “In your opinion, should there be tax on agricultural income?”
Source: Gallup and Gilani Surveys
the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association
Bilal Ijaz Gilani, Executive Director at Gallup Pakistan, adds:
“The support for any form of taxes in Pakistan is low at the public opinion level. Over the decades, majority of Pakistanis continued to believe that taxes are unjust and too many, acceptability of taxes rose from 34% in 1991 to 45% in 2002 and then it dipped again.
In a poll conducted in 2009, 72% of Pakistanis believed that government charges them unfair amount of tax. Any drive to increase tax collection in the country needs to address this issue of lack of public support.”
The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2667 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during November 26, 2012 – December 03, 2012. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.