Telcos Provide Assurance- Daily Blocking of 5,000 SIM Cards for Non-Filers

May 15, 2024Zayn0

The telecom firms assured Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb that the mobile phone providers would block 5,000 SIM cards belonging to those who do not file income tax returns daily. Read more for detailed information.

Meeting with Finance Minister Aurangzeb

According to information obtained, the promise was provided by telecom company executives during a meeting with Finance Minister Aurangzeb that took place on Monday at the Ministry of Finance in this city.

A Step-by-Step Guide to SIM Card Blocking

The FBR has forwarded the data of the second group of 5,000 non-filers to the telecom operators to guarantee a methodical execution of the SIM card banning procedure. These businesses have consented to manually block SIM cards in smaller batches until such time as their systems are sufficiently developed to handle the task automatically.

Implementation of SIM Card Blocking

The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA), telecom providers, and tax authorities of the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) reached a consensus at the meeting to block 5,000 SIM cards of non-filers, whose names are listed in Income Tax General Order No. 1 of 2024, daily.

Blocking non-filers’ SIM cards: LTO Islamabad would support FBR.

As negotiated by the FBR and mobile phone carriers, telecom companies have begun blocking SIM cards in accordance with the FBR’s Income Tax General Order (ITGO).

Awareness Messages Sent to Non-Filers

The FBR also sent messages to 5,000 people informing them that their mobile phone SIM cards would be disabled if they did not file their returns.

Promoting Tax Compliance and Collection

As previously stated, the board submitted the second batch of 5,000 non-fillers to the telecom firms, who agreed to begin the manual blocking procedure of SIMs in small batches until their systems were fully automated.  The third batch of numbers was released on Sunday.  The following batches will be provided to them daily.

Summing Up

In conclusion, telecom companies have begun sending messages to non-filers informing them that SIMs have been blocked.  This collaboration demonstrates the FBR’s and telecom providers’ commitment to upholding tax regulations and ensuring that taxpayers comply.  It also represents a big step toward improving tax collection and enforcement procedures in the country.

 

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