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LAHORE: To provide relief to home-based chefs, the Punjab government has decided to reduce sales tax from 16 percent to 5 percent being charged on commissions.

Commenting on the rebate here on Monday, Punjab Revenue Authority Chairman Zainulabidin Sahi said that this step will support home-based entrepreneurs and drive economic viability for a large segment of the society. “The home chefs business can help create an enabling environment, which is well aligned with the government’s poverty alleviation plans,” she added.

Home chefs are essentially people operating out of their home kitchens who sell food through online platforms, such a Foodpanda.

Sharing his thoughts on new development, Foodpanda CEO Nauman Sikandar said that this initiative is in-line with our vision of creating favourable business environment for home chefs, as they represent a major segment of our portfolio.

“This move will help grow a new sector that has significant potential for financial and economic inclusion, specifically women economic empowerment. It would be ideal that other provinces also follow suit and implement the same for home chefs,” he added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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