A Note on Estimates of Agricultural Income Tax in Pakistan

Mahmood Hasan Khan


In the last two years, changes in public policy affecting
agriculture in Pakistan have come in rapid succession. Of these, the
announcement in January 1977 of the introduction of tax on agricultural
incomes came as a major surprise to this author. For one thing, leading
spokesmen for the government in 1974 saw "little potential surplus"
which a tax on incomes in agriculture could generate without adversely
affecting the prospects of agricul┬Čtural growth. The agricultural lobby
had quite obviously won the argument then. More importantly, there
existed no estimates to counter the much publicized low magnitudes. I
have found in only one published study a systematic attempt to derive
estimates of agricultural tax in Pakistan [2].

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v17i1pp.89-98


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