Lawyers’ chambers exempted from sales tax on power tarrif

The government has been directed to withdraw sales tax on the July electricity bills of the chambers/offices of the lawyers.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has given a big relief to lawyers as the legal fraternity will be exempted from paying sales tax on the electricity bills of their chambers. The LHCBA has challenged Section 3 of the Sales Tax Act in the Lahore High Court.

As per the Baaghi TV report, LHC Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh in a 3-page judgment on the petition of Lahore High Court Bar Association ordered, “Government cannot levy sales tax on electricity bills of the lawyers’ offices as lawyers do not fall in the ‘retailers’ category.”

A retailer is a person who sells commodities to the people, but lawyers provide legal services to their clients, they do not sell commodities.

The government has been directed to withdraw sales tax on the July electricity bills of the chambers/offices of the lawyers.

The court has asked the lawyers to contact the concerned commissioner of inland revenue in order to provide the latter with specific information regarding the exemption of sales tax on the power tariff.

The judgment directs the authorities to refund the amount that has already been deducted under the head of sales tax to the lawyers.