ACCA Budget Proposals 2018-19

Dear ACCA Members and the entire Professional Accounting and Finance fraternity,
Peace be on you all (Assalam O Alikum),

This somehow, seemed to have been missed by my team.

Anyhow for records purposes, it’s with great pleasure that I, as Chairman ACCA Taxation Committee, share ACCA’s Budget proposals. We started with twelve global taxation tenets of ACCA and in addition to other core recommendations, covered the game-changing recent technologies and CPEC, which has not been done by any other organization so far. This will be our USP. Similarly some of our proposals for structural reforms and for amendments in tax laws are also unique.

As for sectoral proposals, some key sectors are covered. For others, you have viewed the proposals by our team which were mostly standard and covered within the Income Tax and Sales Tax sections.

These are been widely shared with key stakeholders and some of our proposals have been adopted by the Government and more are expected to be in the budget. I hope you’ll find this informative and share in your circles with pride in ACCA brand. We look forward to receiving your kind feed-back and will share about the the pre-budget sessions with your good-self too.

ACCA’s Budget Proposals’ Link

Kind Regards,

Omer

Millennium Law and Corporate Company (MLCC) – The Pioneer ACCA Practising & Legal Firm in Pak

Millennium Law and Corporate Company (MLCC) – The Pioneer ACCA Practising & Legal Firm in Pak

Dear Readers,  Peace be on you all,

It is a pleasure to introduce Millennium Law and Corporate Company (MLCC), the Pioneer ACCA practicing & legal firm in Pakistan to your good-selves. Please read this post for the introduction.

  1. Company Name: Millennium Law and Corporate Company (MLCC)
  2. Web: http://www.mlcc.pk
  3. Contacts: 042-37242434  / 0322-4219292
  4. Emails: ozmeer@mlcc.pk
  5. Address: Bashir Mansion, 2 Turner Road, Masjid AG Office , Lahore, Pakistan

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Click here for: Key Associations & Profile Published by ACCA

 

Profile of Millennium Law & Corporate Company

  • 30 + Years’ “Young”

Millennium Law & Corporate Company (MLCC) has a background of thirty (30) years plus history of professional excellence stemming from its parent practice. It used to be focused solely on legal practice including corporate matters.

  • Way Forward – One stop solution

MLCC was expanded to include a new division for providing further corporate services too. This led to the expansion of the services to include areas such as taxation, accountancy, finance, corporate (SECP) services, internal audit, statutory audit, assurance, advisory, risk management, BPO and professional trainings in addition to legal matters within the services offered by MLCC.

All areas are handled by specialized teams of qualified Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Accountants, Chartered Financial Analysts, Chartered Public Finance Accountants and/or Senior Advocates delivering excellence.

  • Partners

The firm operates with specialized teams dealing with relevant areas under four (4) partners, two of whom are qualified and experienced Chartered Certified Accountants members while one is an ex legal advisor Federal Land Commission (Government of Pakistan) and another is an ex deputy Attorney General of Pakistan.

  • Pioneer ACCA Practising Firm in Pakistan

In 2015, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) took a giant leap in Pakistan and initiated practising license program for the country.

  • MLCC became the pioneer Legal & Accountancy practising firm in Pakistan with
  • Mr. Omer Zaheer Meer FCCA Managing Partner, (Corporate Services & Taxation) at MLCC being awarded the first ever ACCA practising license in Pakistan.

Before that history was made when:

  • Omer Zaheer Meer FCCA became the first ever ACCA member to get admitted to the prestigious Lahore Tax Bar Association (LTBA).
  • He was later joined by Mr. Ali Zaheer Meer ACCA who is now a partner at MLCC and another ACCA member at LTBA.

Millennium Law & Corporate Company has built a reputation for quality services based on value creation and issue resolutions with time-specified deliverables. Integrity, transparency and  confidentiality are the hallmarks of the services delivered.  It is now the premier ACCA practising firm in the country and one of the leaders in the taxation, advisory and corporate services sectors.

  • Distinguished Collaborations

MLCC through its partners is currently representing Pakistan at the Global Tax Forum (UK), Chairing the Taxation Clinic at LCCI, Chairing the MNP (equivalent of local council) of ACCA in Pak, Chairing the Liaisons and sitting on the publication committees of LTBA, Chairing the Taxation Committee of ACCA and several think-tanks including Hamdard Thinkers’ Forum and Millat Thinkers’ Forum. Furthermore, has also been represented at the Taxation Committee of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry besides been associated with several professional bodies and institutions such as:

  • CFAI (Chartered Financial Analyst Institute) – USA
  • UKSIP (UK Society of Investment Professionals) – UK
  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) – UK
  • CIPFA (The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) – UK
  • PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers’ International Association) – USA
  • PRIMA (Public Risk Management Association) – USA
  • LTBA (Lahore Tax Bar Association) – (Pak)
  • LCCI (Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry) – (Pak)
  • MPDD {Management and Professional Development Department} – (Pak)
  • Hamdard Thinkers’ Forum – (Pak)
  • Millat Thinkers’ Forum – (Pak)

MLCC’s clientele also includes some of the most distinguished names including several parliamentarians, corporations, public sector entities as well as the SME sector. Out key clients and/or associations along-with the report on MLCC published by the largest global accountancy body ACCA can be found at the link below:

Why was MLCC started?

Managing Partner’s Views:

It is my strong and educated belief that the professional qualification and a proper rigorous training program equips one with the relevant skills, education and expertise to be the best not just technically but on the value addition side of being an entrepreneur.

With an early start to my career resulting in sufficient experience, On my return to Pakistan from UK, I felt it was the right time to launch an ACCA practising firm. Also it was an opportunity to contribute back to the profession and professional fraternity in several ways.

However ACCA did not have a local practising license back then. Nevertheless we upheld the brand ACCA and pioneered in an area deemed alien for ACCA members at the time, i.e. local taxation. We were lucky to have an existing track record of several decades of a quality legal firm. This was expanded into the pioneer quality Accountancy and Legal firm in Pakistan.

Within a short span of time we stood out from the crowd delivering excellence and quality beyond norms of the market. We then started expanding into other areas such as corporate services, advisory, audit, advisory, assurance, risk management, e.t.c. with equally good results.

The milestones so far

Since becoming the pioneer Accountancy and Legal practising firm in Pakistan, some of the major milestones achieved by MLCC are outlined below:

  • Establishment of our non-legal services headquarter at the prime location of Bashir Mansion, 2 Turner Road, Lahore which is opposite FBR, close to Appellate Tribunal, behind Lahore High Court, adjacent AG Office and practically in the hub of all the action.
  • Joining of Mr. Ali Zaheer Meer as the second ACCA partner of the Firm
  • Expansion intro value addition areas beyond taxation including internal audit, advisory, risk management, corporate services, e.t.c.
  • Award of the practising license and hence becoming the pioneer ACCA & Legal practising firm in Pakistan
  • Start of our training division
  • Establishment of a branch offices for facilitation of our clientele.
  • Partnership with ACCA Pakistan for the CPD trainings of ACCA fraternity and beyond
  • Attendance of our CPD programs and training events by high-profile professionals including owners, directors and even non-ACCA partners of other renowned firms
  • Publication and launch of a research study on indirect taxation across the MESA (Middle-East and South-Asia region) in collaboration with ACCA and EY
  • Working with top names in various sectors including the likes of National Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank Limited, MPDD, ACCA, LCCI, KCCI, LTBA, HBL, e.t.c.
  • Launch of our ACCA trainees induction program

Advantages and benefits of dealing with MLCC

We offer several benefits for the business community, professional fraternity and the society at large. Some of the major ones include:

  • Global exposure with strong Local ties and connections
  • Well qualified and experienced teams
  • Quality services
  • Excellence focused
  • Results oriented
  • Timely and efficient deliverance
  • Opening up of new possibilities
  • Increased efficiency
  • Collaborations
  • Peace of mind

Advocacy & Professional Training Session at AzkoNobel

  • Represented ACCA
  • Shared technical expertise, knowledge & experience
  • Delivered Professsional Insights session
  • Interactive Q&A
  • 100% positive & 5 star feedback

Advocacy & Professional Session on EI at PEL

  • Represented ACCA
  • Shared technical expertise, knowledge & experience
  • Delivered Professsional Insights session
  • Interactive Q&A
  • 100% positive & 5 star feedback

 

ACCA AGM & MNP 2018-2020

Dear Readers,

Peace be on you,

It’s with great pleasure that I share this news that I was honored to have attended and represented members at the AGM of ACCA Pakistan. Futhermore, I’ve also been venerated with the honor of representing the members in Pakistan on the Members’ Network Panel (MNP) of the largest global accountancy body, ACCA.

May I also take this opportunity to express my gratitude towards all my family, friends, colleagues and executives at ACCA. I’ll continue to meet and exceed your expectations for the betterment of the fraternity in line with my track record.

Below are some pictures from the event.

Taxation Trends in Pak in the Need for Reforms

The following write-up was published in the Jan-Mar 2018 Quarterly Edition of “Policy Insights”, the largest global accountancy body ACCA’s regional publication covering MENASA

Link: ACCA’s Policy Insights’ Published Link

Link: Main Page

Fiscal Reform: Taxation Trends in Pak in the Need for Reforms

By: Omer Zaheer Meer

Taxation laws are set of laws to derive revenues for the Government to function & service the citizens with the aim of improving their quality of life while continuously improving the facilities and infrastructures provided. Pakistan has a complex taxation system with a focus on indirect taxes with over 70 different taxes. This has led to several sets of laws dealing with specific taxation areas. Below are some major issues highlighted in need for major fiscal reforms:

  • Extremely Low Numbers of Income Tax Returns Filers:

From approximately 1.32 million income tax returns filers in tax year 2016 to fewer than 1.3 million as per last available data in 2017 is an area of major concern. In a country of over 220 million, this amounts to just 0.6% of the total population.

  • Undocumented, Black economy:

This builds up from the above issue of low return filers. A larger proportion of the economy, some estimates put the number close to 100% of the GDP. This by any standard is massive and a point of major concern.

  • Taxation Complexities and Ease of Doing Business:

As mentioned above, Pakistan has a very complex tax system and the recently released data by the World Bank has placed the country on a ranking of 147 out of 190. The complex, non-harmonized and multi-layered laws in operations not only make it more expensive but also time-consuming for the businesses.

  • Harmonization Issues:

The issue of lack of harmonization among various laws increased many-fold post the devolution of Sales Tax on Services regulation and administration to the provinces and each Province setting up its own Revenue Authority for the same. In an era, when countries are agreeing to facilitating arrangements on the likes of European Economic Area, making borders irrelevant in terms of economic activities, Pakistani businesses are facing the traditional challenges while expanding their businesses in other provinces within the same country.

  • High Costs of taxation:

In addition to having one of the most complex taxation systems in the world, Pakistan also has high taxation rates compared to other countries in the region. Furthermore the taxation rates are also several times that of the cost of tax avoidance in the country, making it an attractive proposition for some businesses to keep operating beyond the radar of the legal economy. Moreover, the highly complex nature of the taxation regimes also translates into further costs for taxpayers in terms of the time and administration required to ensure compliance.

  • Structural Issues:

The structural issues including confusing and highly subjective laws, focus on indirect taxes, the improvable systems, mal-practices, singular focus on revenue collection, harassment of the existing taxpayers rather than using the same resources to focus on expanding the tax base and a general ill-perception have all contributed to the current state of affairs and needs to be reformed if the situation is to improve.

  • Conclusion:

The above issues are requiring serious efforts to address the critical issues concerning the taxpayers particularly the businesses in the country. With CPEC and its associated possibilities materializing, now is a good time to ensure these reforms are put to action to achieve the full potential of not only the existing economy but also the developments accruing. We’ll discuss the possible proposals for reforms in the next issue. Till then, we leave our readers to ponder over these issues.

 

The writer is a leading economist who is also a qualified chartered certified accountant, chartered financial analyst and anti-money laundering expert. He’s sits on the Global Tax Forum of ACCA and is the sitting Chairman Liaison Committee of LTBA and ACCA’s Taxation Committee in Pakistan. He can be reached on Twitter and www.myMFB.com @OmerZaheerMeer or omerzaheermeer@hotmail.co.uk

Recognising our regular contributors…
Nayeema Bashar receives a certificate of appreciation and Omer Zaheer Meer wins Pakistan’s national Member Advocacy Award.

 

Who Needs to file Income Tax Return?

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You need to file your annual Income Tax Return in Pakistan if you fall within the ambit of any of the following:

  1.   Registered Taxpayers (NTN holders)
  2.   Those charged tax in tax years 2015, 2016
  3.   Welfare Institutions or NPOs (defined in ITO 2001)
  4.   Annual (non-business) income of PKR 400,000 or more
  5.   Annual business income of PKR 300,000 or more
  6.   All companies with financial (accounts) closure of before 31st December 2016
  7.   Owners of 250 sq yards  or more land or flat of any size within    Cantt/Municipal/ICT jurisdiction
  8.   Owners of 500 sq yards  or more land (outside Cantt/Municipal/ICT jurisdiction)
  9.   Flat Owners of 2000 sq ft or more covered area
  10.   Owners of vehicles over 1000cc
  11.   Anyone sent notice(s) to file return

Here are some of the major financial benefits of filing your Income Tax Return

Want to file your Income Tax Return?

Contact us now for:

Best quality services by top professionals including:

qualified lawyers,

chartered and chartered certified accountants,

chartered financial analysts and

tax experts

Millennium Law & Corporate Company (MLCC)

(the pioneer ACCA practising firm in Pakistan)

Bashir Mansion, 2 Turner Road, Adjacent AG Office, Lahore

Call: 042-37242434 / 0322-4219292 (prefer text),  Email: ozmeer@mlcc.pk