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FBR blocks 3,500 SIMs, plans to disable 500,000 more

FBR blocks 3,500 SIMs, plans to disable 500,000 more

FBR blocks 3,500 SIMs, plans to disable 500,000 more

FBR blocks 3,500 SIMs, plans to disable 500,000 more

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has blocked approximately 3,500 mobile SIMs and plans to disable an additional 500,000 SIMs of non-filers in a bid to tackle tax evasion.

This action follows an order issued by the FBR last month to deactivate mobile phone SIMs of individuals who are required to file income tax returns but have not done so.

Who’s Affected?

The FBR has identified individuals who are not on the active taxpayer list but are eligible to file returns.

Notices have been served to these individuals, warning that their SIMs will be blocked if they fail to comply with the tax filing requirements.

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How to Check If You’re on the List

To find out if your SIM is at risk of being blocked, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the FBR website.
  2. Press Ctrl+F.
  3. Enter your full name or CNIC number.
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  5. If your name appears on the list, file your tax returns immediately to avoid having your SIM blocked.

Telecom Operators Push Back

Telecom operators have resisted the FBR’s request, expressing concerns over the potential impact on their investments.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has also highlighted the need for a balanced approach that addresses both the FBR’s objectives and the interests of telecom operators.

Stay informed, stay compliant

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To avoid having your SIM blocked, check your status today and ensure you file your tax returns promptly.

Stay updated on the latest developments to remain compliant with FBR regulations and avoid any disruptions to your mobile services.

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