Overseas Pakistanis will have to pay tax on extra mobile phones: Fawad Ch

11 Dec, 2018 11:14 am

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that overseas Pakistanis can bring mobile phones to the country and tax will only be imposed on additional mobile phones.

In a tweet questioning the government’s decision to ban overseas Pakistanis from carrying cellphones to the country, Fawad Chaudhry said that the country is importing mobile phones worth US$2 billion. “If we do not impose taxes on this then how will we run?”

The minister said that the tax on mobile phones worth less than $60 is almost negligible and on expensive phones there’s a 38 percent duty. “This is the most appropriate taxation. We will have to adopt the tax culture,” he added.

Earlier, Minister of State for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar stated that overseas Pakistanis can carry only one phone in a year without having to pay customs duty.

He said that overseas Pakistanis can bring a maximum of five phones as per personal baggage rules; however, they will have to pay duty on the four extra phones.

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