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IMF Stance on Cryptocurrencies: Impact on Pakistan’s Bailout Negotiations

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  • Pakistan concludes $3 billion IMF negotiations, focusing on broadening CGT to include cryptocurrencies.
  • Recommendations include stricter regulations for property developers and revising tax slabs for real estate and securities.

Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have concluded negotiations on a $3 billion standby agreement, according to a report by renowned Chinese journalist Collin Wu.

One of the main points of contention throughout the negotiations was the IMF’s proposal to expand the scope of the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to include cryptocurrency. With this approach, the effectiveness of tax collection will be improved by capturing a wider variety of capital gains.

The drive to include digital assets in the tax framework demonstrates how important it is to incorporate them into national taxation systems and how increasingly recognized their significance is in the global financial ecosystem.

As ETHNews previously reported, the IMF and South Korea emphasized the need for balanced cryptocurrency regulations at the Seoul Conference in order to promote innovation while ensuring financial stability.

IMF Recommendations on Taxation and Real Estate Regulations

Not only that, the IMF has also proposed proposals regarding the taxation of publicly traded stocks and real estate. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been forced to review the current tax brackets in these industries in response to this, and they have proposed a tax model that takes gains into account for all asset holding periods.

With the goal of creating a more equitable and balanced tax system, this strategy aims to narrow the loopholes that presently permit capital gains to escape taxation after a specific amount of time.

In addition, the IMF proposes more stringent regulations for developers of real estate, stressing the need for precise recording and reporting of title transfers prior to their official completion and registration.

In fact, this instruction tackles the widespread but sometimes disregarded practice of exchanging plot data in housing developments, which has historically avoided paying taxes.

There appears to be a shift in the real estate industry toward combating tax cheating, since developers who disregard these new regulations risk severe consequences. For a deeper dive into these developments, you can check this Youtube video.

Assimilation into the Upcoming Budget

It is expected that Pakistan’s upcoming bailout package under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) will mostly rely on these IMF recommendations. Through the finance bill, the FBR is anticipated to include these changes in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2024–25), indicating a significant shift towards more comprehensive and strict tax laws.

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