Finance Act, 2021: Withholding tax on phone, internet usage reduced

Finance Act, 2021: Withholding tax on phone, internet usage reduced

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Thursday said that the withholding tax rates on usage of phone and internet have been reduced to 10 per cent from 12.5 per cent with effect from July 01, 2021.

For tax year 2022 the rate has been reduced to 10 per cent and it will be further reduced to 8 per cent beyond the tax year 2022.

The FBR said that the withholding tax is applicable under Section 236 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. Through the Finance Act, 2021 the withholding tax rates on the usage of phone and internet have been reduced from 12.5 per cent to 10 per cent for tax year 2022 and 8 per cent onwards.

The FBR said that the Finance Act, 2021 inclusion of telecommunication sector in the definition of industrial undertaking under clause (29C) of section 2 of the Ordinance. This will enable them to adjust tax

deducted under section 148 on import of capital equipment and plant & machinery for their own use. Reduction of withholding tax rate under section 153(1) of the Ordinance on telecommunication services from 8 per cent to 3 per cent under minimum tax regime.

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