Mobile Companies Continue to Deduct Tax Despite SC Orders
Mobile phone companies are still charging taxes on mobile card loads, despite a verbal order from Supreme Court barring them from doing so.
According to details shared with ProPakistani, customers are still being charged taxes on all card loads.
Telecom companies, who were directed to not charge taxes from customers for at least 15 days, said they are still awaiting a written order from the Supreme Court.
Officials of telecom companies said that a written document is must to implement any order as it will include the specifics on how tax is not to be deducted.
They also said that documentation is very necessary in order to waive customers from taxes as their last order — as per license — was to collect taxes that they must obey until a new order is passed.
They said that if not obeyed, they would end up paying taxes from their own pockets.
It may be recalled that Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a Sou Moto case, decided to suspend all taxes imposed on mobile cards. Apex court took the decision after noticing that up to 35% of mobile cards were going into taxes and services charges.
Supreme Court said that taxes should only be deducted from those who come within the tax net. It suspended all sorts of taxes and directed FBR to come up with proposals and mechanics that will ensure that those (poor individuals) who don’t come under tax-net aren’t charged any taxes.
Supreme Court, initially waiving taxes for 15 days, will be hearing the case again to decide how taxes are calculated and deducted from telecom customers in Pakistan.
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