Mobile calls, internet data and SMS will not be taxed: Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Shaukat Tareen has said that the Prime Minister and the Cabinet have opposed the imposition of tax on mobile calls, internet data and SMS, after which all of them are not being taxed.
According to details, Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen while addressing a post-budget press conference in Islamabad said that the Prime Minister and the Cabinet have opposed the imposition of tax on mobile calls and internet data, on which these proposals are now being scrapped. Shaukat Tareen said that the budget had proposed a tax of one rupee per call for more than 3 minutes which is now being scrapped. He further said that internet data, mobile phone calls and SMS will not be expensive.
Shaukat Tareen said that we have presented the growth budget yesterday and our challenge is to stabilize the growth, we have to earn dollars by increasing exports, next financial year we will collect additional tax of Rs 500 billion while electricity and gas bills. Will reach the non-filer via
He said that big retailers have sales of Rs 1,500 billion, sales tax has to be levied on all big stores, consumers will be rewarded if they get a slip, such successful schemes have come up in Turkey and other countries.
The Finance Minister said that the poor in the country have not received loans and training for 70 years, the farmers younger than 70 years have not received anything, loans will be given from commercial banks to small welfare banks, in the first phase to 4 million people. We will provide employment and give Rs. 1.5 lakhs to small farmers while also giving lists of small farmers and poor to banks, loans up to Rs. 20 lakhs for their roof and loans to poor farmers up to Rs. 5 lakhs. ۔
He further said that Pakistan has become a food deficient country, now we are importing what we used to export, we are also importing pulses, wheat and sugar, we did not pay attention to our crops, now we will pay attention to it. ۔