Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has become taxable, as per Finance Act, 1997, and is bound to pay taxes to FBR every year, revealed us sources close to authority.
Earlier, PTA had been arguing that authority is a Government body and all revenues go directly into Government’s account; hence, it should not be taxed. In a result PTA didn’t pay taxes for over or around ten years.
On other hands, large Tax Payer Unit (LTU) of FBR was consistently pushing PTA to pay taxes. In response FBR’s tax collection call; PTA took the matter in both High Court and Appellate Tribunals, and believed that PTA is not liable to pay any tax as it is authority itself.
Court had issued the stay order for PTA’s payable tax of Rs. 9 billion; but PTA’s current year’s tax which was not under the court’s cover was recovered by enforcement department at FBR Large Taxpayer Unit by directly withdrawing the money from PTA’s bank account.
Recent most audit report for PTA has finally termed that PTA is now taxable, while non-payment of taxes in previous ten years has caused authority a deficit of Rs. 9,566.703 million, confirmed us a source at AGP office.