Corporate Tax Reduction for Mobile Operators: BTRC Chairman

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The government should heed operators’ demand for drastic corporate tax cuts as mobile operators need to continue to invest heavily to keep up with rapidly changing technology, said Shyam Sunder Sikder, Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

There is a certain logic behind their demands and transparency must be ensured in the tax structure of the sector, he said.

He was delivering his speech during a policy dialogue on telecom tax policy and its ecosystem organized by the Association of Mobile Telecommunications Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) and the Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (BIGF) at a hotel in the capital today today.

In this case, telecom operators have demanded that corporation tax for listed and unlisted companies be set at 25% and 32% respectively, compared to 40% and 45% currently.

Sikder said carriers, however, need to bridge the huge gap to ensure quality of service, as there are frequent call dropouts and poor data service, he added.

Taimur Rahman, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at Banglalink, said: “Telecom operators are among the major contributors to the realization of the government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ vision, as we have served millions of customers under heavy load. tax and many other challenges.”

Grameenphone CCAO (acting) Hossain Sadat said: “We have tried to draw the attention of policy makers to the problem of high taxation, because we need to remove the tax disparity.”

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