In the last 4.5 years, Pakistanis have paid Rs. 200 billion taxes on using their mobile phones. This amount is a collective representation of the five telecom companies that offer their services in Pakistan.
This figure was revealed last night on the political talk show “Muqabil” where Rauf Klasra revealed that the government that is in the habit of crying over the statement “Pakistanis don’t pay taxes” has collected a very large amount by deducting heavy taxes from the mobile phone users.
We have previously reported that the government is looting billions from the unsuspecting citizens in an untransparent way where many people who are not obliged to pay taxes are filling the pockets of the sitting government.
Now, instead of relying on the information provided by telcos, the Ministry has asked the telecom companies to upload the consumer wise withholding data on a new format created by the Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL).
The companies have agreed to upload the data starting from August 2017 and till now only Jazz and Ufone have done so whereas the rest are being pursued by the authorities to complete this task as soon as possible.
The data will provide the government with the consumer wise information, for instance, how much did they spend on easy loads or mobile cards etc.