The National Board of Revenue asked three mobile operators to pay Tk 269.17 crore outstanding value-added tax without delay on the third installment of spectrum charge for 2G licenses.
The amount remained stuck since August 2013 over dispute between telecom operators and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission over issuing VAT invoice for the payment.
The decision was taken at a tripartite meeting among the representatives of the Large Taxpayers Unit (VAT) of the NBR, the BTRC and the telecom operators— Grameenphone, Banglalink and Robi—held at LTU headquarters on November 8.
Mobile operators have been denying paying the amount since June 2014 as the BTRC did not agree to issue VAT invoice or certificate for VAT deduction at source for the payment against the operators arguing that it was not a VAT registered authority.
LTU commissioner Motiur Rahman said at the meeting that the operators would pay the VAT immediately and the BTRC would issue certificate for VAT deduction at source to the operators as a proof of payment.
There is no pending case on the issue, he said.
Representatives of the mobile companies told the meeting that they would inform the decision of the meeting to their high-ups.
Grameenphone, however, in November 2015 said that they would pay their arrears of Tk 106.96 crore if the BTRC issue VAT 12 Kha or certificate for VAT deduction at source for the payment.
Officials of the revenue board said that the BTRC need not receive VAT registration for issuing VDS certificate.
VAT registration is only needed for issuing VAT invoice, they said.
A high official of the BTRC said that they informed the LTU that the commission would issue the certificate upon request from the LTU.
The commission will take final decision on the issue, he said.
VDS certificate is used for claiming refund or adjustment of VAT.
Officials of the LTU, however, said that there was no scope of getting refund through VAT 12 kha form.
The mobile operators in August 2013 paid around Tk 2,000 crore to the BTRC as the third installment of spectrum charge for 2G licenses without paying the VAT at the rate of 15 per cent.
Later in December 2015, the LTU asked the BTRC to pay the unpaid VAT on the charge as it did not collect it from the operators.
The telecom regulator has been asking the operators for paying the VAT.
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