CJP takes notice of 40% tax on mobile cards

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has taken notice of the high taxation on phone cards for prepaid cellular services.

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The chief justice asked why such a huge amount is deducted by private mobile companies and under what tax directives.

The Supreme Court issued notices to all the mobile telephone operators in the country and summoned the attorney general over the issue.

The apex court will take up the case next week, according to some media reports.

At present, as per some reports, on the charge of a Rs100 pre-paid mobile card, a 19.5 per cent federal excise duty is charged along with 12.5 per cent withholding tax and 10 per cent service/maintenance charge.

According to statistics revealed by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in January this year, the number of mobile phone users stands at 144 million as compared to 142.5 million in October 2017.

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