Need to pay your taxes but hate the hassle of visiting different government offices around town for the payment? Well, the Punjab Finance Department and the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) came together to launch the ePay Punjab app, which allows you to pay your taxes conveniently using this mobile application. Check out this detailed guide for the ePay Punjab app so that you can stay on track with your taxation payments across five departments.

WHAT IS THE EPAY PUNJAB APP?

Launched in October 2019 by the Punjab government as a joint development of the Punjab Finance Department and the PITB, the ePay app is an Android and iOS-friendly mobile application that can facilitate the general public in making business-to-government (B2G) and public-to-government (P2G) payments. PITB’s ePay app also has a web-based application that can be opened on your laptops or tablets.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

WHAT MODES OF PAYMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

ePay Punjab offers three distinct modes of payment as Alternative Delivery Channels:

  • Mobile Banking
  • Internet Banking
  • ATMs

You also have the option of using Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking transactions to pay your dues personally by visiting your nearest bank branch.

WHICH TAXES CAN BE PAID USING THE EPAY APP?

So far, you can pay your taxes digitally for about 5 different departments in Punjab, with a total of 13 taxes being linked to the app. The complete list is given below:

Department 1: Excise & Taxation

Taxes available:

  • Token Tax for Vehicle: An annual tax that is paid by all vehicle owners
  • Motor Vehicle Registration: A one-time fee that is paid at the time of purchasing a new vehicle
  • Vehicle Transfer: A fee that is paid when you transfer ownership of a vehicle
  • Property Tax: An annual tax that is paid by all property owners in the urban areas
  • Professional Tax: Taxes that are paid on a yearly basis by a working individual based on their professional activities
  • Cotton Fee: A fee that is paid when raw cotton is brought to a ginning factory to separate the cotton fibres

Department 2: Board of Revenue (BOR)

Taxes available:

  • e-Stamping: The payment of stamp duties for judicial, non-judicial, registration, Capital Value Tax (CVT), and comparison fee
  • Mutation Fee: A fee that is paid by the buyer when a property is transferred to a new owner
  • Fard Fee: A fee that is paid by the new owner of a property for the generation and issuance of a property ownership document

Department 3: Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA)

Taxes available:

  • Sales Tax on Services: The taxes which are levied on all service-oriented businesses in Punjab
  • Punjab Infrastructural Development Cess: The tax which is collected on the transportation of goods that are produced, manufactured, or consumed in Punjab, as well as those which are imported into or exported out of the province

Department 4: Industries

Taxes available:

  • Business Registration Fee: A fee that is paid by an owner to register their business

Department 5: Transport Department of Punjab

Taxes available:

  • Route Permit: A fee that is paid by the owners of commercial vehicles when they seek permission to run their vehicles on specific inter and intra-city routes

HOW TO PAY YOUR TAXES DIGITALLY?

Now, let’s cover how you can use the ePay Punjab app to pay your taxes digitally:

Step 1: Download the App

You can download the ePay Punjab app from the Google Play Store or the App Store, for its Android or iOS version, depending on what’s compatible with your device.

Step 2: Create Your Account

Open the app and enter all the relevant details to create your account on the app. These details include your name, mobile number, email address, and CNIC number.

Step 3: Receive the OTP

An OTP is a One-Time Password that will be issued to you via email and on your mobile phone. You will need the OTP to log in to the app successfully and pay your taxes digitally.

Step 4: Choose the Right Tax

After you log in, choose the right department for the tax you want to pay and select the right type of tax.

Step 5: Add the Relevant Details

As is the case with paying taxes, you will need to provide some personal information with regards to the tax you’re paying so that the app can display your data on the screen, including the tax that you need to pay.

Step 6: Generate Challan

Verify that all of the details are correct and choose the ‘Generate Challan’ button to get your unique 17-digit Payment Slip Identification (PSID) number as well as its expiry date. You’ll also find directions for each of the payment methods on the same screen. You will be notified by the app if your tax has already been paid.

Step 7: Pay Your Dues

Use your nearest ATM, inter Bank Funds Transfer (IBFT), or 1-Link Member bank Branches to pay your taxes using your PSID. Remember that you must pay the due taxes before your PSID expires. Otherwise, you will need to generate a new one using the same process again.

It is important to note that the ePay Punjab app can be used in both English and Urdu using the process given above to generate a challan conveniently.

WHERE TO PAY YOUR DUES?

Once you have a challan and a PSID in hand, it is important to know which bank branches are connected to this service so that you can pay your taxes without further delays. You can review the table below for your payment options:

Name of Bank Mobile Banking Internet Banking ATM Payment OTC Transaction
Summit Bank Yes Yes Yes No
Bank Alfalah Yes Yes Yes No
Dubai Islamic Bank Yes Yes No Yes
Sindh Bank Yes No No No
Askari Bank Yes Yes Yes Yes
Habib Metro Bank Yes Yes Yes Yes
Faysal Bank Limited No No Yes Yes
JS Bank Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allied Bank Limited Yes Yes No Yes
NRSP Microfinance Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bank Islami Yes Yes Yes Yes
Samba Bank Yes No Yes Yes
Habib Bank Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bank Of Punjab Yes No Yes Yes
National Bank of Pakistan Yes No No Yes
United Bank Limited No Yes Yes Yes
Bank Al Habib Yes Yes Yes No
Al Baraka Bank Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bank of Khyber No No Yes Yes
Meezan Bank Yes Yes Yes Yes
MCB-IB Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soneri Bank Yes Yes Yes Yes
MCB Yes Yes No Yes
Silk Bank Yes Yes Yes Yes
Standard Chartered Bank No No Yes Yes
FMFB Bank Yes No Yes Yes
Telenor Microfinance Bank Yes No No No
Apna Microfinance Bank No No No Yes
Khushhali Microfinance Bank No No No Yes
SME Bank No No No Yes
First Women Bank Limited No No No Yes
First Microfinance Bank No No No Yes
Citibank No No No Yes
FINCA Microfinance Bank No No No Yes

THE SUCCESS OF THE EPAY PUNJAB APP

WHY CHOOSE THE EPAY PUNJAB APP?

We’ve covered all the essential aspects of using the ePay Punjab app in this guide. Here’s a quick overview of why you should consider it too:

  • Added convenience with no physical visits to government offices
  • Safe, secure, and easy payment processes
  • Easy to download Android, iOS, and web applications
  • Transparent procedures
  • One-click payments
  • Ideal for all B2G and P2G payments
  • Valid all over Punjab
  • Three different payment channels
  • Payment of 13 taxes across 5 departments
  • Smart search features to find the right department of taxation
  • Nearly PKR 1 billion collected in revenue over 5 months

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