FBR directs recovery of short paid duty/taxes on cellular phones

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has directed all the collectorates to make necessary action for recovery of short paid amount of duty/taxes on the import of cellular mobiles cleared on April 04, 05, 2013 as the SRO. 280(I) dated April 04, 2013 was implemented in the WeBOC on April 06, 2013.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had fixed the sales tax rates up to Rs1000 on import of mobile phones in order to boost the revenue collection in the remaining three months of current fiscal year.

The ed SRO 280(I)/2013 announced that cellular mobile phones and satellite phones (hand-held sets) falling under PCT Heading 8517.1210 or any other Heading, the sales tax rate will be collected at Rs1000 per set in case of smart phones or satellite phones, where the term ‘smart phone’ means a cellular mobile phone having any of the following characteristics:

•   4GB or higher basic memory;

•   Operating system of the type iOS, Android v2.3, Android Gingerbread or higher, Blackberry RIM or Windows 8 or higher;

•   Touch screen;

•   5 Mega pixel or higher mega pixel camera; or

•   Dual Core or higher processor.

The FBR imposed Rs500 sales tax on import of cell phones other then smart phone or satellite phone.

 

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