Cell phone operators slam device & SIM sales tax




STAFF REPORT ISB: Three of Pakistan’s operators have targeted the government’s proposed sales tax on mobile handsets and SIM cards.

Mobilink, Telenor and Warid have termed the FBR’s device tax "irrational, illogical, arbitrary and incoherent". They note that it not only goes against the country’s constitution, but would also be highly difficult to implement.

Pakistan already taxes the import and supply of mobile handsets, but avoidance of this duty is common

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Internet services from sales tax in Punjab




STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab government has excluded the internet services used by the public, educational institutions, corporate sector and the software exporting firms from the sales tax.

According to a notification issued here, the Finance Department making amendments in the Punjab Sales Tax on Service Act 2012, exempted the internet services whether dialup or broadband including email, data communication network services (DCNS) and value added data services from the sales tax

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