No tax being deducted on mobile top-ups of less than 500 PKR: Attorney General informed SC

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan was informed on Tuesday that no tax is being deducted on recharging of mobile cards of less than Rs 500.

Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor made this statement during the court hearing today.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar asked the attorney general about legislation to do away with surplux tax on mobile cards recharging. In his reply, the AG requested some time for materialization of the legal cover to prevent the imposition of taxes on mobile cards.

The hearing was then adjourned for the indefinite period

Earlier the court had stated, “The public is being looted here. How can a tax be received from a street vendor? Deduct tax from the person whose mobile phone usage is more than set limits.”

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar issued this order regarding mobile tax deduction in Pakistan with three-judge bench. They heard a suo motu case regarding this rapid increases in mobile taxes on prepaid cards.

Mobile Tax in Pakistan

“Taxes should be taken from users whose mobile phone usage is above the set limit,” Justice Nisar had remarked during the hearing.

The apex court issued notices to all the mobile telephone operators in the country and summoned the attorney general over the issue. Reports say the Supreme Court will take up the case on Tuesday next week.

Under the tax, for every Rs100 pre-paid mobile phone card, the users used to get only airtime for Rs66.5 after deduction of Rs33.5 in for 14pc withholding tax and 19.5pc sales tax. Around 70pc or 98 million mobile phone users pay these taxes every time they load the Rs100 pre-paid cards.

Also Read: Pakistan is all set to Launch 5G services next year

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