National Board of Revenue (NBR) has asked six mobile phone operators to pay Tk513.55 crore dues as value added tax.
Of the amount, Tk244.38 crore is on spectrum charges and Tk269.17 crore on revenue sharing, according to the letters sent by Large Taxpayers’ Unit (LTU) of NBR to the operators.
The companies - Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi, Airtel, Citycell and Teletalk – have, however, decided to challenge the Vat claims in the court.
They said the NBR in a directive on 12 August 2013 exempted the operators from paying Vat on 5.5% revenue sharing as it will be a dual taxation.
The dues were calculated for the period from April 2012 to August 12 of 2013. The Vat dues on spectrum charges include 2% interest, said the NBR letters.
Vat on 2G licence renewal spectrum charges is applicable to four operators - Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell. NBR requested Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Communication (BTRC) to collect the Vat amounts from the four companies.
Letters regarding Vat on revenue sharing were sent to the six operators last week and letters regarding spectrum Vat were dispatched to four mobile companies yesterday.
“We have sent letters today (Thursday) for Vat on spectrum charges. Letters on revenue sharing Vat were sent earlier,” Md Abdus Samad, commissioner (legal and licence) of NBR, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
According to the NBR, Grameenphone’s outstanding Vat on spectrum charges is Tk106.95 crore and Vat on revenue sharing is Tk120.53 crore.
Banglalink’s outstanding Vat is Tk65.06 crore and Tk52.90 crore on two sources respectively.
According to the LTU, Robi has dues of Tk62.73 crore on spectrum charges and Tk50.14 crore on revenue sharing.
Citycell will have to pay Tk34.43 crore as Vat on spectrum charges and Tk2.52 crore on revenue sharing.