Justice Qazi Faez Isa has remarked “ is collecting the tax only job of parliament.
He observed “what is basic job of parliament. Money is needed to run the country. Is collecting the tax only job of parliament. Why a vendor, Nanbai, plumber should pay the tax. How the government will decide who has to pay the tax.
Additional tax on mobile phone case came up for hearing in Supreme Court (SC) Wednesday.
Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan remarked “ mobile phone tax will be paid who has to pay it. Why a person who does not fulfill the required standard should pay withholding tax.
Attorney general said mobile phone tax matter does not come in the ambit of public interest.
The counsel for mobile company said service charges have been withdrawn from mobile phone under the orders of Supreme Court.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa inquired is there any objection over scrapping 10 percent service charges. Counsel for Punjab government said revenue amounting to Rs 80 billion could not be collected due to suspension of tax.
Justice Qazi Isa remarked How can the tax collection be suspended without suspending tax recovery laws. Tax recovery matter comes under article 184/3. A 3-member bench of SC gave decision for suspending the tax. It is appropriate that the case is heard by three members bench.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa sent the 3-member bench matter to the chief justice of Pakistan.
SC has sought details of tax collected by federal and provincial governments last year.