Telecommunications Industry List Reasons Government Should Reconsider Charging 5-Minute Calls


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The telecommunications industry on Saturday breached the government’s plan to tax people whose call times exceed the five-minute mark.

The government plans to charge these calls at Rs 0.75 per five minutes.

The telecommunications industry has declared the proposed tax “impractical” for the following reasons:

  • This move could create problems for 98% of prepaid customers who enjoy bundles.
  • A new tax could then put an end to extremely convenient bundles for the public.
  • The tax could encourage consumers to cut calls five minutes earlier and call back.
  • The reduction in calls will allow consumers to avoid the tax deduction.
  • The government will get nothing if the appeal is cut.
  • An additional tax will be a complication for telecom operators and a nuisance for the public.

Finance Minister, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, addressing a session of the National Assembly to discuss the budget, said talking on a cell phone for more than five minutes will be taxed at 75 paisas, but he there will be no tax on SMS and mobile internet. .

Initially, the 2021-22 finance bill proposed a Re1 tax on each call if the duration exceeds three minutes, a tax of Rs5 per GB of internet use and 10 paisas on each SMS.

However, during a post-budget press conference, Tarin had clarified: “We are not doing it at the moment.”

He said the proposals were opposed by the prime minister and the federal cabinet.


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