How to Check if Your SIM is in Block List by FBR?

Facing a Blocked SIM Card? It Might Be Your Taxes!

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) of Pakistan is taking action against non-filers of income tax returns for tax year 2023. Over 500,000 SIM cards linked to individuals who haven’t filed their returns have been blocked!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Reason for Block: The FBR aims to encourage responsible tax citizenship by targeting those who haven’t fulfilled their tax filing obligations.
  • Impact on You: If you haven’t filed your 2023 tax return and your CNIC is linked to a blocked SIM, you’ll lose phone service until compliance is achieved.
  • Scope of Block: This block applies to all mobile phone SIMs registered under your CNIC, regardless of the mobile operator.

How to Check if Your SIM is in Block List:

Publicly available list where you can directly search for your name using your CNIC. Here are the recommended ways to verify your SIM block status:

  1. Click the Link of FBR Document: See the list here to see if you are one of them. The official document issued by FBR. Search your name/cnic in the list.
  2. Mobile Operator Communication: Mobile service providers might be sending text messages regarding the block. Ensure you haven’t blocked promotional messages in your phone settings to receive these updates.
  3. Contact Us: Send an email or drop a message at our contact number via whatsapp with your name and CNIC number and we can check it for you.

Unblocking Your SIM:

Here are two ways to regain access to your phone:

  1. File Your Tax Return: Filing your accurate tax return for 2023 demonstrates compliance and prompts the FBR to unblock your SIM card.
  2. Contact FBR (if a mistake): If you believe there’s been an error, contact the FBR or your local Commissioner Inland Revenue to resolve the issue.

Important Dates:

  • The SIM block is effective immediately.
  • Telecom operators must submit compliance reports by May 15, 2024.

Remember:

  • File your tax returns if required to avoid inconvenience.
  • Paying taxes is crucial for the country’s economic well-being.

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