Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, today remarked that an impression is being given that mobile taxes are suspended temporarily and that they will be back soon. “Taxes are not coming back until next order”, he specifically said while hearing a different case today.
It may be recalled that mobile taxes were suspended in Pakistan on June 13th, 2018 and a hearing was supposed to take place within this week where the future course of mobile taxes was to be decided.
As per our sources, the hearing date is not fixed yet and the suspension of mobile taxes will go on until a new mechanism of taxes is decided by the apex court.
FBR was directed to submit a proposal on how government can tax mobile phone users while keeping in mind that those who don’t fall under taxable income are not taxed.
FBR will submit a response in the next hearing, which could be scheduled any day now. However, until a decision is reached and an order is passed, current suspension of mobile taxed will continue.
If you are looking for a background on the suspension of taxes or what we think about the future of mobile taxes, you can read our previous coverage here.