Bangladeshi finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has promised the country’s cellular operators that a proposal to introduce an additional 2% tax on mobile services will be reviewed, BDnews24 reports. The proposed tax, which was included in the draft 2012/13 budget, would be applicable to post- and pre-paid mobile service users – added to monthly bills, or in the case of pay-as-you go users, applied to the cost of buying a top-up card or during credit recharge. The levy would be additional to the existing 15% VAT on mobile services and a mobile SIM card tax currently set at BDT606 (USD7.22). Network operators typically subsidise the one-off SIM tax for customers, either wholly or in part. As reported by CommsUpdate on 8 June, the draft budget for the period ending June 2013 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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