Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 40% Pakistanis are somewhat satisfied by the amount they pay in federal taxes; 14% are very satisfied. (This press release is Part 2 of a series on Taxation. This series has been released by Gallup Pakistan in anticipation of the annual budget).
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Please say whether you are – very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied about the amount Pakistanis pay in federal taxes?” In response to this question, 14% respondents said they are very satisfied, 40% said they are somewhat satisfied, whereas, 17% are somewhat dissatisfied and 27% are very dissatisfied. 2% of the respondents did not respond.
This question was also asked in America, by Gallup USA (not affiliated with Gallup Pakistan) during January 2015. Responding to this question, 7% American respondents said they are very satisfied, 25% said they are somewhat satisfied, 32% said they are somewhat dissatisfied, while 31% are very dissatisfied and 5% did not respond.
A comparison of the responses from the two countries reveals that Pakistanis seem to be more satisfied with the amount they are paying in federal taxes, with more than half (54%) satisfied to some extent. However, the majority of American respondents (63%) claim to be dissatisfied with the amount they pay in federal taxes.
The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.
The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1574 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during March 16- March 23, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.