Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued a clarification on the media news about excess charging of customs duties and taxes on import of mobile phones.
FBR explained that in a meeting with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). According to this the passengers can register up to 5 mobile phones on their passports. In case of high end phones of more than USD 500, the difference of duty / taxes between passport and CNIC registration is about Rs. 9,000/-.
Accordingly, in order to correct this anomaly and to limit the registration of mobile phone against passport up to one set. The WeBOC module modified through CRF (change request form). However, during this process, the exemption of withholding tax also deleted from the system. Thus now the system showing and charging total taxes on passport as Rs 36,720/-.
FBR stated that the issue immediately put up with the Director (R&A) Karachi. The team is analyzing the module to resolve the issue and restore the previous amount of chargeable duty and taxes. According to FBR the issue will be resolved soon. Due to this error in the system, all those who paid more duty would be refunded the excess amount soon. FBR said that we regret inconvenience caused to those who had to pay excess duty and taxes.