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Telecom Industry Presents Reasons Explaining Why Tax on Phone Calls is a Bad Idea

Tax on Phone Calls is

At a recent meeting of the National Assembly to discuss the budget, Finance Minister Shaukat Tallinn announced that the government will levy a tax of 75 Paisa or PKR0.75 for each call with a talk time of more than 5 minutes.

The government plans to tax people who answer the phone and declares the decision “not feasible.” According to Geo News, the industry also raised reasons why the authorities should reconsider its tax decision.

The reasons presented are:

In return, the government will get nothing. The additional tax is a complicated issue for telecom operators and trouble for the public.

Initially, the 2021-22 Finance Act proposed that if the duration exceeds three minutes, a PKR1 tax will be imposed on each call, a PKR5 tax will be imposed on each GB of Internet usage, and 10 paisa will be imposed on each SMS.

However, in a post-budget press conference, Tallinn clarified: “We are not doing this at the moment,” adding that these proposals have been rejected by the prime minister and the federal cabinet.

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