Beyond paying for data that is already taxed by network service providers, internet service customers will soon start paying more data for calls on social media platforms due to new tax.
The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has hinted that government is planning to tax calls on social media platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp among various other platforms.
According to the Minister, the government is losing revenues on telecommunications as traditional sources of telecoms revenue like voice declines. She added that the taxes will help fund the government in its quest to accelerate the use of digital technology, applications, and services at all levels. Stakeholders in the telecommunication sector will be engaged on how government can shore up its revenue, she said.
She added that since the government is determined to accelerate the use of digital technology, applications, and services at all levels, it is only through tax revenue mobilization that such investments and more can be funded.
It is important that we have a frank, open dialogue on this, and explore other sources of revenue within the digital services space to improve government domestic revenue mobilization,” Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said. An over-the-top (OTT) digital service is a media service offered directly to telecommunication customers via the Internet. OTT bypasses cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms.