Staying true to his promise, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, suspended all sorts of service charges, Withholding Tax and General Sales Tax on mobile cards today.
In a Sou Motu case hearing, headed by three members bench in Lahore registry of Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of Pakistan ordered the mobile phone companies operating in Pakistan, to suspend all sort of taxes and service charges on mobile cards, starting from 12 a.m. on June 13th, 2018.
Essentially this means that if a telecom user buys and loads Rs. 100 from a mobile card, he/she will get full Rs. 100 airtime unlike before.
Mobile phone operators confirmed from their legal representatives the suspension of tax and service charge from June 13, 2018, however, a detailed order is still awaited to be sure on how exactly this suspension order will be implemented.
It is being speculated that this suspension is initially for a period of fifteen days only. FBR has been asked to submit its detailed response during the next hearing, related to the question; How can a person — who does not fall under tax net — is going to be waived from mobile taxes.
FBR is likely to submit its response after Eid. FBR has also been asked to come up with proposals on how it can waive non-taxable individuals from the aforementioned mobile taxes.