The operators providing cellular services in Pakistan have paid Rs. 42,549.3 million tax during last five years. The most of tax paid by these mobile companies was Rs. 10,358.3 million during FY 2013-14. Telecom Operators Payed Rs. 42,549.3 mn Tax in Five Years: Finance Division .
Finance Division revealed that during year 2012-12 the amount of tax paid was Rs. 6,419.3 and 10,358.3 during year 2013-14. During year 2014-15 Rs. 8,286.9 million was recorded however during 2015-16 the tax paid was 8,149.5 million. In year 2016-17 the mobile companies paid tax of Rs. 9,335.3 million.
Telecom Operators Payed Rs. 42,549.3 mn Tax in Five Years: Finance Division
The mobile operators providing cellular mobile services in Pakistan are Zong, Ufone, Jazz, and Telenor. The audit was conducted under three tax statues i.e Income Tax Ordinance 2010, Sales Tax Act, 1990 and Federal Excise Act, 2005.
Due to this high figure of taxes payed, telecom operators are not able to provide best services to their customers. If they raise cost people are not able to afford it. Even Telenor argued that telecom industry contributed Rs 100 billion. This high amount should be subsidized to enable operators provide advanced internet to their users.
In Pakistan only 20-22 percent of population is using mobile internet if we exclude multiple SIM users. This figure will likely fall with the rising taxes payed by telecom operators. High internet speed and telecom services is not a luxury but necessity in today’s era.