IMF doles out poor tax advice in Pakistan

16 February 2009

Tax experts in Pakistan commented critically on the IMF’s December mission on the country’s tax system. Lawyers Huzaima Bukhari and Dr. Ikramul Haq billed the meetings to devise a strategy to enhance revenue as a “closed door session of bureaucrats and their handpicked so-called experts, excluding the real stakeholders.” They accused the Fund of being incapable of even dressing wounds let alone “treating the cancerous growth in the body of [the] patient.” They also lambasted the IMF for imposing “all kinds of proposals for regressive taxation but never [forcing] the government of Pakistan to levy taxes where these are due”.

imposing all kinds of proposals for regressive taxation