FBR Blocks 105,000 SIM Cards of Tax Return Non-Filers in 2024
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Telecom operators, in partnership with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), have reached an agreement to commence the manual blocking of SIM cards in incremental batches until full automation is achieved. The collaboration between the FBR, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), and telecom companies across Pakistan ensures effective implementation of Income Tax General Order No. 1, as per Section 114 B of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001.

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These strategic discussions aim to address enforcement measures for deactivating mobile phone SIM cards of non-filers for the tax year 2023, enhancing compliance with tax regulations. Through meticulous deliberations, telecom operators have agreed to initiate manual blocking in manageable portions until their systems are fully equipped for automation.

Today, the telecom operators have received the first batch of 5,000 non-filers from the FBR for immediate compliance, with subsequent batches to follow daily. Additionally, telecom companies have initiated messaging campaigns to inform non-filers about the impending SIM card blocking.

This collaborative effort underscores the commitment of the FBR and telecom operators to upholding tax compliance and signifies a substantial leap towards strengthening tax collection and enforcement mechanisms in Pakistan.

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