Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, today suspended all sorts of service charges, withholding tax and General Sales Tax (GST) on mobile cards, we have confirmed with sources.
In a Sou Motu case hearing, headed by a three-member bench in Lahore registry of Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of Pakistan ordered mobile phone companies to suspend all sort of taxes and service charges on mobile cards from 12 AM June 13th, 2018.
This will essentially mean that Rs. 100 will be available in full for airtime when an Rs. 100 card will be loaded by telecom users.
Mobile phone operators confirmed ProPakistani that their lawyers have confirmed them of tax and service charge suspension from June 13, 2018, however, a detailed order is still awaited to be sure on how exactly this suspension will be implemented.
It is thought that this suspension is initially for fifteen days only as FBR is asked to submit its detailed response during next hearing.
FBR was asked that how a person — who does not fall under tax net — is going to be waived from mobile taxes.
FBR, that is likely to submit its response after Eid, is asked to come up with proposals on how it can waive un-taxable individuals from mobile taxes.
Whatever the case, the mobile taxes in Pakistan are going to be suspended starting June 13, 2018, and they will remain suspended for at least 15 days.