Non-filers must pay Rs. 90 for every Rs. 100 mobile recharge

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is taking decisive measures to enhance tax revenues and broaden the tax base. Their recent decision targets non-filers with a substantial increase in withholding tax, soaring from 2.5 percent to a significant 90 percent.

Under this new regulation, individuals who have not filed their taxes will face a hefty deduction of Rs90 when adding Rs100 to their mobile phones, with the deducted amount sent directly to the tax authority. Furthermore, persistent non-compliance will result in additional penalties. Non-filers will encounter a 90 percent tax on every new SIM card purchase, as well as on subsequent recharges and usage of call and data plans.

To ensure compliance, the FBR has provided lists identifying over 500,000 non-filers and directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and telecom companies to block their SIM cards. Already, approximately 11,500 SIM cards have been blocked, with more expected in the coming days. Telecom companies have until May 15 to block SIM cards associated with all identified non-filers. This crackdown follows the FBR’s identification of millions of potential taxpayers who have not fulfilled their tax obligations. The objective is to motivate everyone to contribute to the country’s development by paying their fair share of taxes.

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