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Over 7,000 SIM Cards Unblocked by Cellular Companies After Tax Filings

ISLAMABAD: Recent developments indicate that cellular companies have taken significant steps to address non-compliance with tax regulations. Over 7,000 SIM cards, which were previously blocked due to non-filing of income tax returns, have now been reinstated following individuals’ compliance with tax requirements.

Sources from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) disclosed that the restoration of 7,167 mobile SIM cards occurred subsequent to individuals filing their income tax returns. This action highlights a concerted effort to enforce tax regulations and encourage taxpayer compliance.

The FBR’s proactive approach involves collaboration with telecom companies to identify and address tax non-compliance. By sharing data of 65,000 non-filers with these companies, the FBR aims to ensure that individuals meet their tax obligations.

Moreover, the identification of over 500,000 non-filers underscores the scope of tax enforcement measures undertaken by the FBR. Plans are in place to block SIM cards belonging to these individuals under the Income Tax General Order, signaling a firm stance on tax evasion.

Earlier reports detailed the initial blocking of over 11,000 SIM cards of non-tax filers, illustrating the rigor of enforcement efforts. Telecom companies, acting on FBR recommendations, undertook successive phases of SIM card blocking, totaling 11,252 cards.

These actions not only serve as a deterrent against tax evasion but also underscore the importance of taxpayer compliance in sustaining national development efforts. By fostering a culture of tax compliance, authorities aim to enhance revenue collection and promote fiscal discipline, contributing to overall economic stability and growth.

Furthermore, these measures align with broader initiatives aimed at enhancing transparency and accountability in the taxation system. By leveraging technology and collaboration between government agencies and private entities, Pakistan is reinforcing its commitment to combat tax evasion and promote a culture of fiscal responsibility. Encouraging tax compliance not only strengthens the country’s revenue base but also fosters trust in the government’s ability to effectively manage public funds.

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