Tax Exemption on Bank Deposits for Non-Resident Pakistanis

This article addresses the question of whether non-resident Pakistanis can truly avoid all taxes on their bank deposits under sections 7B and 151 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. While the initial information is accurate, there are additional points to consider for clarity and completeness:

Key points:

  • Exemption Eligibility: ITO 2001 offer tax exemption on profit from bank deposits for non-resident Pakistanis holding specific accounts:
    • Foreign currency accounts under the State Bank of Pakistan’s Foreign Currency Accounts Scheme.
    • Rupee accounts for individuals with POC, NICOP, or CNIC, where deposits are exclusively foreign remittances.


  • Banks may still deduct tax: Even with these exemptions, banks might deduct tax at source (TDS) as per their standard procedures. This is not necessarily illegal, but it’s crucial to understand the process.
  • Claiming exemption: To claim the exemption, you need to prove your non-resident status and fulfill specific conditions:
    • Application: Submit an online application, providing documentary evidence of your non-resident status and foreign remittance details.
    • Commissioner approval: Upon approval, you’ll receive a certificate confirming the exemption.
    • Timeframe: The exemption certificate is valid for a specific period, typically 6 months to a year, requiring renewal.

Additional notes:

  • Consult a tax advisor: Individual circumstances may vary. Seek professional guidance for personalized advice and ensuring compliance.
  • Accurate information: Always ensure you provide accurate information to avoid penalties.
  • Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not a substitute for professional tax advice.


While FBR offer tax exemptions, claiming them requires following specific procedures and proving non-resident status. Banks might still deduct tax initially. Consulting a tax advisor is highly recommended to navigate the process smoothly and ensure you maximize your benefits while complying with all regulations.

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