KARACHI - The metropolitan corporations as well as district/town/tehsils/union councils have been authorised to levy a number of taxes on various services and professions in their respective jurisdiction. According to the new law of ‘Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance 2012’, the district council can impose/collect taxes such as education tax, health tax and any other tax authorised by the provincial government. The imposition of local rate on lands assessable to land revenue, fees in respect of educational and health facilities established or maintained by the district government, fees for licences or permits and penalties or fines for violations, fees for specific services rendered by a district government have also been given to the district councils. Besides, the district councils have been authorised for collection charges for recovery of tax on behalf of the government, taluka municipal administration and union administration, toll on roads, bridges, ferries within the limits of a district and other than national and provincial highways and roads.In the new law, district councils have been authorised for collection of the rent for land, buildings, equipment, machinery and vehicles, and fee for major industrial exhibitions and other public events organised by the district governments. The fee for approval of building plans, erection and re-erection of buildings and charges for execution and maintenance of works of public utility like lighting of public places, drainage, conservancy and water supply operated and maintained by Metropolitan Government.According to the ordinance, the taluka councils have been authorised to collect/impose local tax on services.The taluka councils have been authorized to collect, market fees, tax on the transfer of immovable property, property tax rate as specified in Section 117 of this Ordinance, fee on advertisement, other than on radio, television, and billboards, fee for fairs, agricultural shows, cattle fairs, industrial exhibitions, tournaments and other public events.The fee for approval of building plans and erection and re-erection of buildings, fee for licenses or permits and penalties or fines for violation, charges for development, betterment, improvement and maintenance of works of public utility like lighting of public places, drainage, conservancy, and water supply by the taluka municipal administration. Besides, the collection of fee on cinemas, dramas, theatrical shows and tickets thereof, and other entertainment, collection charges for recovery of any tax on behalf of the government, district government, imposing/collection of rent for land, buildings, equipment, machinery, vehicles, the tax on vehicles other than motor vehicles registered in the taluka, and fee on sale of animals in cattle markets also given to taluka Councils in the new law.Meanwhile, collection of fees for licencing of professions and vocations, fees for registration and certification of birth, marriages and deaths, charges for specific services rendered by the union Council, rate for remuneration of village and neighbourhood guards, rate for the execution or maintenance of any work of public utilised like lighting of public places, drainage, conservancy and water supply operated by union administration, collection of rent for land, buildings, equipment, machinery and vehicles, and charges for recovery of any tax on behalf of the Government, district government, taluka administration or any statutory authority as prescribed have been given to the union council and union committee.