Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has been advantaged to hold tax amount of Rs. 9,867,865,916, which is payable to FBR, until court concludes anything over the issue.
It may be recalled that Federal Board of Revenue had repeatedly asked Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to pay its due taxes, valuing Rs. 9.86 billion.
In response to FBR’s tax collection call, PTA took the matter in both High Court and Appellate Tribunals, and believed that PTA is not liable to pay any tax as it is authority itself.
While FBR’s official, who is managing the case from FBR’s side, told us that PTA is not paying its taxes for last 10 years, and this tax amount has reached almost Rs. 10 billion mark. It merits mentioning that PTA had paid Rs. 1 billion as an installment, but afterwords telecom authority is using delaying tactics to avoid paying taxes.
“Telecom authority is claiming exception which is not due at all; exemption from tax is not available to government authorities as it was withdrawn by virtue of overriding provision of section 54 of Income Tax Ordinance 2001”, added FBR’s official.
PTA’s spokesman was not available for the comment.