Telcos Thank Anusha Rehman for Tax Relief in Budget 2017‑18

Mobile phone companies, operating in Pakistan, have thanked Anusha Rehman, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, for making concerted efforts to promote the telecom industry by rationalizing the taxes on the sector, reported a state owned agency.

Associated Press of Pakistan claimed that Mobile phone companies, including PTCL, Jazz, Telenor, Ufone and Zong thanked the minister through a letter.

Agency said that companies appreciated the Minister for extending outstanding support to the industry in seeking relief on various tax issues in the Federal Budget 2017‑18.

Letter is claimed to have said that it was the result of the collaborative efforts made by the Ministry and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), under the leadership of Anusha Rehman, that the Industry had been granted some relief on Withholding Tax and Federal Excise Duty.

They said the telecom industry has always been encouraged by the present government’s progressive and empowering support, which is acknowledged by all stakeholders.

“This is just the start of creating a positive enabling environment for the sector. There are still some outstanding taxation issues that will require us to work together. As you very kindly offered, and as the Finance Minister stated during his budget speech, we request your continued support for raising the harmonization of tax issues with the provinces”, the letter said.

Mobile phone companies said that the model of public‑private collaboration, set up by the Ministry, would be a source of mutual benefit to the government, the industry and ultimately to the people.

Telcos vowed to work together and continue the journey of creating a flourishing ‘Digital Pakistan.’

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