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No tax on SIM for biometric registration

Update : 19 Jan 2016, 06:45 PM

The National Board of Revenue may exempt clients from  tax on SIM cards during biometric registration process which began from December 16 last year.

The taxes authorities, who were earlier very strict about imposition of the tax, backtracked from their stance following recommendations from State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, officials said.

Tarana Halim, earlier, said that it would create double taxation on mobile subscribers if the SIM tax was imposed during biometric registration procedure.

The mobile phone operators also requested the revenue authorities to waive the tax on active SIM cards as the tax was earlier paid when the subscribers bought them.

The NBR has recently sent a summary to Finance Minister AMA Muhith seeking his instruction on the matter.

According to the existing legal provisions, consumers have to pay Tk100 as fixed tax for getting back SIM cards again if lost or damaged.

The government is now conducting the biometric SIM registration process to prevent misuse of unregistered SIM cards, particularly in criminal activities.

With the biometric registration process, all the SIM cards have to be registered with NID database of Election Commission. The information will include biometric data including finger print.

Currently, there are 133.7m active mobile connections in the country, according to the latest data of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

Being the second country, Bangladesh has initiated to introduce the human body-based identifying system to curb crimes using mobile phone. 

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