Nigerians To Pay More For Phone Calls And Data In New Government Tax

Nigerians will soon start paying 12.5 per cent tax on telecommunications services as the federal government plans to implement five per cent inclusive excise duty on telecommunications services in Nigeria.

The Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said this at a stakeholders’ forum on implementation of excise duty on telecommunications services in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

The event was organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the five per cent will be added to the already existing 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on telecommunications services.

Ms Ahmed, who was represented by the Assistant Chief Officer of the Ministry, Frank Oshanipin, said the five per cent excise duty has been in the Finance Act 2020 but was not implemented.

She said the delay on its implementation was as a result of government’s engagement with stakeholders.

“Payments are to be made on monthly basis, on or before 21st of every month.

“The duty rate was not captured in the Act because it is the responsibility of the president to fix rate on excise duties and he has fixed five per cent for telecommunication services which include GSM.

“It is public knowledge that our revenue cannot run our financial obligations, so we are to shift our attention to non oil revenue.

“The responsibility of generating revenue to run government lies with us all,” she said.

Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Owners of Nigeria (ALTON), said the burden would be on telecommunications consumers.

“It means that subscribers will now pay 12.5 per cent tax on telecom services, we will not be able to subsidise the five per cent excise duty on telecom services.

“This is as a result of the 39 multiple taxes we already paying coupled with the epileptic power situation as we spend so much on diesel,” he said.

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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