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AMTOB: Waive taxes on mobile internet use

  • Published at 09:27 pm April 23rd, 2019
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Currently, the users pay 11.25% taxes including value added tax, supplementary duty and surcharge on mobile internet use

The Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) has urged the National Board of Revenue to waive taxes on mobile internet use to make it affordable to the masses.

Currently, the users pay 11.25% taxes including value added tax, supplementary duty and surcharge on mobile internet use.

AMTOB Secretary General SM Farhad came up with the demand while presenting their recommendations for upcoming budget (FY2019-20) in a pre-budget talk with National Board of Revenue (NBR) recently at the NBR office in the capital. 

NBR Chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan chaired the discussion program while other NBR senior officials and AMTOB top officials were present. 

Farhad said NBR should waive VAT and other taxes on mobile internet usage to make it compatible with broadband internet. 

“The waiver of the taxes will make internet affordable to mass people, helping faster digitalization of the country,” he added.

AMTOB also placed 15 more demands including reduction of SIM tax and submitted a written budget proposal to the NBR. 

The organization demanded withdrawal of tax on new SIM connection, replacement and upcoming virtual SIMs so that the operators could increase the number of users and pay the government more revenue.

Currently, cellular mobile operators are required to pay VAT worth Tk36.65 and supplementary duty worth Tk63.35 for each SIM, which is collectively known as SIM tax (Tk100).

AMTOB suggested that NBR should assign commissioner or upper level officials with the authority to freeze bank account of taxpayers, enforce vat registration of the regulatory bodies and so on.