Did PTA remove import tax on personal smartphones brought from overseas?
Earlier, it was reported that PTA won't block smartphones if they are brought from overseas.
The news that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has removed import taxes on personal smartphones from overseas has spread like wildfire on the internet.
A news item, titled ‘PTA recommends extension of mobile phone tax relief for overseas Pakistanis’ appeared on news sites, but PTA has now issued a clarification on the matter. The authority remarked that certain parts of the ‘story have been taken out of context.’
PTA offers clarifications
It has been clarified that PTA has been working with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the FIA to come up with a mechanism for overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals, where they can apply for temporary registration. The allowed time under this system for such applicants will be up to 120 days on their visit to Pakistan.
After this is implemented, overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals may avail the facility of temporarily registering their one mobile device on each visit to Pakistan, without sustaining any custom duties for 120 days. Contrary to the news reported, if a device is to be permanently used in Pakistan, then it has to be subject to FBR customs taxes.
Earlier, it was reported that PTA won’t block smartphones if they are brought from overseas. Media outlets also reported that the FBR will exempt smartphones from import taxes. It was also said that PTA will exempt one smartphone brought from overseas for personal use, but the smartphones imported in bulk will have to pay regular import taxes for the approval of PTA.
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