August 11, 2022



Telecom subscribers to pay 5% tax on name, textual content, information, others – FG

Stakeholders within the Telecom trade Thursday expressed considerations over plan by the federal authorities to implement Finance Act, 2020 which stipulates 5 per cent excise obligation on all telecommunication companies.

The said this at a consultative discussion board on the implementation of excise obligation organised by the Nigerian Communication Fee (NCC) in Abuja.

The federal authorities had disclosed that telecommunications subscribers would pay 5% tax on name, SMS, information companies starting from a date to be introduced by the federal government.

Talking on the occasion, the Minister of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed urged stakeholders to assist the implementation of the 5% train obligation on telecommunications companies.

That is coming because the Affiliation of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Affiliation of Telecommunications Firms of Nigeria (ATCON), Nationwide Affiliation of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS), described the transfer as unusual, insensitive and irresponsible.

Zainab represented by the Assistant Director, Tax and Coverage, Mr Musa Umar appreciated Nigerian Communication Fee (NCC) for offering the platform to extend Nigeria’s income era .

She highlighted that international locations in Africa like Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, others have all keyed into this income era sample.

She emphasised that that is wanted to alter Nigeria’s financial state of affairs for good.

“The difficulty of income just isn’t one thing that should be shrink back from, our income can not deal with our wants as a rustic.

“Additionally Nigeria is not making sufficient cash in Oil income therefore the eye is shifting to Non-revenue”.

She defined that the federal government is dedicated in the direction of implementing the regulation in a seamless method which is not going to have an effect on Nigerians.

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Earlier, in his comment, the Government Vice Chairman/CEO NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, represented by the Government Commissioner Stakeholders administration NCC Mr. Adeleke Adewolu mentioned the discussion board is necessitate for stakeholders to get higher clarifications on the 5% train obligation on telecom companies implementation.

He mentioned the implementation of the 5 per cent excise obligation was speculated to commenced on June 1, 2022 as a part of the 2022 Fiscal Coverage measures, however the trade thought of the sooner scheduled graduation date insufficient and the NCC duly took this up with the federal authorities.

“As telecoms trade regulator, the Nigerian Communications Fee has engaged with the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Nigerian Customs Service and consultants from the World Financial institution to get wanted clarifications. These engagements enabled us to higher perceive the targets and proposed implementation mechanisms of the Excise Obligation”, he said.

On his half, Comptroller Basic of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali urged stakeholders to be patriotic towards implementing the coverage.

Hameed represented by the Assistant Comptroller Basic NCS, Mrs A.S Oshishi revealed that telecommunications operators are anticipated to be dully registered with the service for seamless actualization of the method.

Talking on the occasion by way of zoom, the Chairman, ALTON, Engr Gbenga Adebayo insisted that the brand new tax burden could be handed to subscribers.

“It’s a unusual transfer, it seems a bit uncommon. Train obligation is meant to be apportioned to items and merchandise, however we’re shock that is on companies.

“We are going to proceed to assist authorities however ALTON received’t be capable to subsidy this on behalf of subscribers along with the 7.5% VAT making it 12.5% payable by subscribers to the federal authorities.

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“The 5% Excise Obligation will likely be paid by the subscribers. It should collected by the operators on all voice and information companies together with OTT and remitted to the Nigerians Customs”, he said.

On his half, the President of ATCON,

Engr Ken Nnamani mentioned, “the proposed train obligation don’t adjust to precept of taxation, equity, certainty, comfort and effectivity”.

Nnamani represented by ATCON Government Secretary, Mr Ajibola Olude mentioned FG has continued to show blind eye on the problem of overseas trade, different challenges going through telecom operators in Nigeria.

He appealed that the implementation of the train obligation must be stepped down as a result of many youths in Nigeria will lose their jobs.