Bangladesh Expects to Settle SIM Card Tax Dispute Shortly
Published on: 8th Mar 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Bangladesh's tax regulator has indicated that a long running dispute over taxes on replacement SIM cards can be resolved within the next few weeks.
The Chairman of National Board of Revenue, Ghulam Hussain met with representatives of the four mobile networks, and has now asked the telecoms regulator to examine the issue.
The government imposes a sales tax on SIM Cards, but the mobile networks say that the tax should not also be applied when SIM Cards break and need replacing.
At stake in around Tk 3,000 crore (USD380 million), although that is significantly higher than Tk 250 crore in an interim report filed last September.
Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, also confirmed that the heads of the four mobile also met him yesterday after the meeting with the NBR chairman.