Local newspaper The Financial Express reports that Bangladesh’s proposed 2012/13 budget contains a proposal to impose a 2% tax on mobile phone bills. If implemented the levy would be paid at source by wireless subscribers when paying bills for post-paid contracts or when topping up pre-paid accounts. ‘The proposed 2% tax on pre-paid and post-paid tariffs will further harm the mobile industry and such injustice will be unprecedented,’ said Abu Saeed Khan, Secretary General of the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB). The budget also contains a proposed 1% tax on overall revenue received by international gateway (IGW) operators from overseas incoming calls, and a 5% duty on the amount paid by IGW service providers to other operators for international calls.
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