According to local media reports, he Supreme Court of Pakistan has reinstated all the previous taxes on mobile cards. Supreme Court of Pakistan Reinstates Mobile Phone Cards Taxes
A three-member bench included Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Qazi Faez Isa supervised by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was hearing the case pertaining to taxes on mobile phone scratch cards. A stay order issued on June 12, 2018 ordered to abolish all taxes on mobile top-ups, has withdrawn by the top court.
Supreme Court of Pakistan Reinstates Mobile Phone Cards Taxes
The latest change means that cellular consumers will not receive full balance for their recharges. The attorney Generals from all the provinces wass agreed upon that the tax suspension had cost huge losses to the provinces in terms of revenue generation.
A written order to all the mobile companies for the suspension of taxes on mobile cards had issued by former CJP, Justice Saqib Nisar. Justice Saqib Nisar ordered to make essential arrangements to remove all taxes until there’s a system which can differentiate between the taxpayers and those who don’t fall under the tax net.
The apex court was informed that in the last 9 months, provinces have borne losses of Rs. 90 billion due to the tax abolition on mobile top-ups.
Furthermore, there was a debate in the courtroom on whether matters related to taxes could be heard under Article 184-3.
Chief Justice, Justice Azmat Saeed Khosa read out a quick verdict maintaining that the top court will refrain from interfering in matters related to taxation.