STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has recommended the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) that sales tax being charged at the time of registration of IMEI numbers by cellular mobile operators may result in multiple taxation on same mobile phone sets.
It is learnt that the PTA further recommended that the sales tax should be collected at import stage on verification issued by the PTA.
PTA officials in a meeting with the FBR were of the view that the matter is more technical and legal than only limited to charge of sales tax at one incidence or other.
The recommended that all mobile TA (Type Approval) holders need to get NOC for each shipment from PTA by providing the IMEI numbers along with commercial invoice and Air Way Bill (AWE) Number to PTA. The PTA proposed that Customs Collectorate shall not release any shipment till the time TA holders submit TA Certificate along with NOC which include the IMEI numbers range issued by PTA and all retailers/distributors must keep copy of the NOC/TA certificate issued by PTA and duly verified from concerned distributor/TA holder for verification of the spot checking custom inspection teams.