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Nigerians To Pay More For Phone Calls, Data As Govt Set To Implement Another Tax

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Nigerians To Pay More For Phone Calls, Data As Govt Set To Implement Another 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.

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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.

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“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.

 

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