Pakistanis Get Shocked with Whopping Internet Taxes

We have been alarming the masses about the internet taxes (both withholding tax that is imposed by federal government and sales tax that is imposed by provinces) but its only now that Internet users are becoming aware of these taxes, all thanks to the monthly bills that they are receiving these days.

Pakistani internet users are paying up to 33.5% taxes. KPK and Punjab are highest taxed provinces (Punjab has withdrawn taxes, however, an official notification is still awaited). While Sindh has 32.5% tax on internet.

Sales tax in Balochistan, capital, and Gilgit & Balistan is not applicable, but 14% advance tax is collected in these regions.

This essentially means that majority of Pakistanis are paying one third of their total cost as taxes.

Check below infographic to get an idea about the percentage of taxes in different provinces:

Internet_Taxes_Pakistan

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • I am unable to understand what Punjab Govt is going to do with us. they have issued reversal of 19.5% tax but PTCL is still asking to pay 19.5%

    • Kalasafar

      as the article states.. “Punjab has withdrawn taxes, however, an official notification is still awaited.”

    • Zulfiqar Magsi

      Good Work Dear Qudoos.

      And special thanks to propakistani.pk officials to inform about essence knowledge of Internet Taxes.

  • Muhammad Atif

    Well! I cut my internet service from PTCL.
    They promoted my package free for 3 months 2Mbps and then they didnt reversed the package and imposed charges.
    Second thing im mad on government, how student can pay 1900/month for only 1Mbps?
    Now three months total bill i have to pay is Rs. 7300.
    I dont wanna pay more bills to PTCL. How financial managers plan to deduct such charges, there are thousands of line defaulters who are not paying because of huge amount.
    If they keep prices lower and bandwidth and speed higher then everyone will happily pay.
    How fool are we?

    • Waqas

      I also cut my internet service from PTCL a month ago. Pathetic service. No customer support.

    • talha92

      brother cheapest rate is:
      1. student package 1250
      2. instead of line rent, etc. ask them to put on 250rs freedom pakistan package (it will cut your line rent etc to zero)

      totall bill will be around 1500-1700rs.

    • panjgoori

      how you are paying 1900/Month for 1Mb connection ? Im paying 1900/Month for 2MB connection.

      • Junaid Atari

        same here

  • zulfi

    I was paying about 1000 rs tax on PTCL in sindh. My pckg was 4mbps and smart tv.. Also there service was very poor ..now i have switched to zong broadband and i m getting 5mbps to 9mbps speed on 3g …zong 1500 rs package doesn’t charge any tax for day time i use telenor 3g with 7gb in week at rs 40 inclusive of tax.. Thanks for 3g and 4g and i m happy to leave ptcl their service and rates sucks

    • talha92

      problem is for us in areas where zong qb etc dont work!

  • Zahoor Solangi

    I am seriously thinking to say bye to EVO 3G. Poor service.

  • Zaki Uddin

    2mbps ptcl broadband 2500/month, where we are going -.-

  • Waqas

    People’s government elected by people. I’ll protest on roads with you guys. Lets start from universities and have a countrywide protest at same day.

    • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

      Not now. Lets those people first enjoy the Roshan Pakistan who voted for this Government, then we will come out for protest

    • talha92

      haha. on protest day you alone will be there. your uni admin will sell your seat to some student who couldnt get admission elsewhere. your classmates will sell your stuff. this nation is not sincere with itself.

  • Saqib

    yar kia topi drama shuru kia hua hy, aik tax laga deta hn aur doossray ko withdraw kr letay hn, pagal banaya hua hy!!!

  • Sleepless

    the word is “whopping” not “whooping” – for crying out loud! Some reporter on The News also always writes whooping. Aaagggghhhhh

  • One

    GOT Rs 1600/- bill For special evo wingle 3g from Rs 1250/- per month. Only Rs 350/- extra, What a tax from brothers who don’t pay tax themselves. Going to leave PTCL soon.

    • Tnt4ever

      this — sh–it happening on all connections

      i was paying 3800 for 4MB LDN DSL now i am paying 4360

  • Sam

    Sindh is also charging 19.5% tax (not 18.5%)
    I have a Witribe connection.

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    After notification of punjab I want Aamir to go for blackout campaign against sindh and kpk which he hasn’t done until.

  • Malik Mahmood Khan

    Organizations and individuals will say by by to PTCL soon.

  • Affan

    Time to say goodbye to PTCL.