LHC hears Hamza Shehbaz’s plea against Income Support Levy


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday heard a petition of Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz Sharif against the imposition of Income Support Levy.

Hamza submitted before the LHC bench comprising Justice Asim Hafeez that he is a registered taxpayer and also pays zakat in accordance with Fiqah (religious law).

He further pleaded that he pays tax regularly as per the law without any default.

He petitioned that the tax is an amount recovered by the government to meet its public welfare targets. Social welfare is a provincial subject under the 18th Amendment of the constitution. The petitioner argued that the federal government does not have the authority to pass any legislation on the social welfare of the public at large. After the 18th Amendment the right to legislate about the social welfare issues has been devolved to provinces. If any such legislation is to be passed, it is within the domain of the provincial legislature.

The petitioner has pleaded to the court to declare recovery of the Income Support Levy by the Inland Revenue department as void.

The bench issued notices to the federal government and other concerned parties for March 19.

It is to mention here that the Inland Revenue department has sent a notice of recovery of 1.2 million rupees income support levy to Hamza Shehbaz.

The Income Support Levy, meant for helping the economically distressed persons and families and first introduced in 2013, faces vehement opposition from the wealthy elite of the country.