How to Save Taxes by Registering with SMEDA?

Navigating tax regulations can be complex, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Fortunately, Pakistan offers simplified tax rules specifically designed for SMEs, easing their compliance burden and fostering business growth. This article provides a comprehensive overview of these rules, empowering you to understand your tax obligations and make informed decisions.

Who qualifies as an SME?

As per Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, an SME is a business with annual turnover not exceeding Rs. 250 million.

Key Points of the Simplified Tax Regime:

  • Two Categories: SMEs are categorized based on their annual turnover:

    • Category 1: Up to Rs. 100 million turnover
    • Category 2: Between Rs. 100 million and Rs. 250 million turnover
  • Tax Rates:

    • Normal Tax Regime:
      • Category 1: 7.5% of taxable income
      • Category 2: 15% of taxable income
    • Final Tax Regime (Optional):
      • Category 1: 0.25% of gross turnover
      • Category 2: 0.5% of gross turnover
  • Choosing the Right Regime:

    • Consider your expected profitability and administrative burden.
    • Opting for the final tax regime is irrevocable for three tax years.
  • Registration:

    • Register with SMEDA (Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority).
  • Simplified Return:

    • SMEs are eligible to file a simplified tax return.
  • Audit:

    • Under the normal tax regime, SMEs may be selected for audit based on specific criteria.
    • SMEs opting for the final tax regime are exempt from audits under sections 177 and 214C.
  • Export Incentives:

    • Export proceeds are taxed under the final tax regime rates.
  • Other Benefits:

    • Exclusion from minimum tax on turnover (section 113).
    • Reduced minimum tax on goods supplied by SMEs.


  • This article provides general information and does not constitute professional tax advice. Consult a tax advisor for specific guidance relevant to your business.
  • Stay updated on any changes or amendments to the SME tax rules.

By understanding these simplified tax regulations and making informed choices, Pakistani SMEs can operate more efficiently and confidently, focusing their efforts on growth and success.

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