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Federal Minister for Data Expertise and Telecommunication Syed Amin ul Haque addressing a press convention in Islamabad, on March 13, 2021. — Twitter
  • Ministry says there shall be gradual discount of taxes imposed on telecom sector, cell phone customers.
  • Advance earnings tax on cell phone customers shall be decreased from 12.5% to 10%
  • Federal cupboard’s nod comes after suggestions from Ministry of IT and Telecommunication.

The tax imposed on cell phone customers will step by step scale back after the federal cupboard accredited granting the telecom sector the standing of an “industry”.

The federal cupboard’s approval got here on the suggestions of the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication, in accordance with a tweet from the ministry.

The ministry mentioned there can be a gradual discount of taxes imposed on the telecom sector and cell phone customers.

“This is a major achievement that will directly benefit not only mobile phone users but will also help spread the spirit of digital Pakistan (connectivity) to remote areas of the country,” Federal Minister for Data Expertise and Telecommunication Syed Amin ul Haque mentioned as he addressed a press convention on Thursday.

From the following monetary yr (2021-22), advance earnings tax on cell phone customers shall be decreased from 12.5% to 10% and within the monetary yr 2022-23, it can go additional down to eight%, Haque mentioned.

Equally, the federal excise responsibility (FED) on telecommunication providers has been decreased from 17% to 16%, the minister famous.

Haque mentioned the federal government is planning on decreasing 6% excise responsibility together with tax discount on varied providers, in accordance with The Information. “Rs250 charges on sim purchase have been withdrawn, and this will be beneficial for the public.”

Data and Communication Expertise (ICT) export remittances — together with export of telecommunication, pc, and knowledge providers — surged to $958 million at a progress charge of 40% throughout July-December within the present fiscal yr of 2020-21, compared to $684 million throughout the identical interval final yr, he added.

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