FBR: SIM Cards Blocked for Non-Filers

News Desk2 weeks ago

Speaking to ARY News, FBR Spokesperson Bakhtiar Ahmed Khan revealed that cellular carriers had received data on 30,000 non-filers, suggesting that additional SIM cards may be blocked.

According to Bakhtiar Ahmed Khan, the FBR will give telecom companies access to data on 5,000 non-filers every day so that harsh measures can be taken against them.

A spokesperson revealed that the FBR has discovered more than 550,000 non-filers to date.

Before, the FBR made the decision to charge non-tax filers who utilize mobile top-up services an extra 87.5 percent withholding tax.

Read more:FBR to Block 5000 SIMs Daily to Prevent Unauthorized Usage

Details indicate that until their income tax returns are filed, non-filers will be required to pay a 90% withholding tax on mobile top-ups. A plan states that if a non-filer user loads a balance of Rs 100, Rs 90 will be withheld as tax, leaving him with only Rs 10.

In the event that mobile phone companies block SIM cards due to unpaid income tax, and the user purchases a new SIM card, they will still charge him 90% of the tax. Every top-up and bundle will incur additional taxes for non-filers.

In the event that mobile phone companies block SIM cards due to unpaid income tax, and the user purchases a new SIM card, they will still charge him 90% of the tax. Every top-up and bundle will incur additional taxes for non-filers.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and cellular carriers were given lists of over 500,000 non-filers by the FBR, who requested that they disable SIM cards. Nevertheless, the FBR’s proposal was denied by the PTA and cellular providers.

 

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