How SME’s Can Save Tax by Registering with SMEDA?

Navigating tax regulations can be daunting, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The good news is, Pakistan has implemented simplified tax rules specifically designed for SMEs! This article breaks down the key points of these rules, empowering you to understand your tax obligations and make informed decisions.

Who qualifies as an SME?

As per the definition, an SME is any business with an annual turnover:

  • Category-1; Below Rs. 100 million
  • Category-2; Between Rs. 100 million and Rs. 250 million

Two Tax Regimes Available:

  1. Normal Tax Regime:
  • Tax rates:
    • Category-1: 7.5% of taxable income
    • Category-2: 15% of taxable income
  • Audit: Possible based on risk assessment if your tax-to-turnover ratio falls below specified rates.
  1. Final Tax Regime (Optional):
  • Tax rates:
    • Category-1: 0.25% of gross turnover
    • Category-2: 0.5% of gross turnover
  • Benefits:
    • No audit (subject to conditions)
    • Simplified tax filing

Important Points For Tax Savings:

  • Registration: Register with FBR or SME Development Authority (SMEDA)
  • Option for Final Tax: Choose at tax return filing and remains valid for 3 years.
  • Export Incentives: Export proceeds taxed under the final tax regime.
  • Minimum Tax Exemption: SMEs are exempt from minimum tax on turnover.
  • Minimum Deductible Tax: SMEs can claim full input tax deduction on purchases.


  • Consult a tax advisor for personalized guidance based on your specific circumstances.
  • Stay updated on any potential changes or clarifications to the regulations.
  • Adhering to these simplified rules can save you time, effort, and resources while ensuring compliance.

By understanding these simplified tax rules, you can make informed decisions, streamline your tax processes, and focus on growing your SME with confidence.

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