Bangladesh’s High Court has ordered the the appellate tribunal of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and the country’s three largest mobile operators to resolve a phone SIM card tax dispute with 120 days, while ordering the cellcos to pay 10% of the backdated tax bill as fees ahead of the hearing. The NBR has demanded a total of BDT30.18 billion (USD388 million) in unpaid dues for issuing replacement SIM cards from the trio, GrameenPhone (BDT15.80 billion), Banglalink (BDT7.74 billion) and Robi Axiata (BDT6.64 billion). It is hoped that a settlement can be reached ahead of the 31 July deadline for placing 3G licence bids for the auction set for September. The High Court order on the SIM tax dispute was issued on 6 June.
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