communication tax
'Talk tax' has been increased from 6% to 9%

The Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ), a political pressure group, has described as needless government’s decision to increase the Communication Service Tax, popularly known as ‘Talk Tax’, from 6% to 9%.

According to the Communications Director for CSJ, Nurudeen Abass, communicating digitally has been reliable and been of great help to consumers and that the government could have resorted to other options of maximising revenue.

“Increasing communication tax is not the way to go. A government such as Nana Addo’s government could have done something better and scrapped unnecessary taxes like he did on luxury vehicles. Digital means of communication has been the only means of communication and so if you tax it, how do you expect a poor person to pay? It is needless,” he said on Accra based Neat FM, monitored by

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Presenting the budget review and supplementary budget for the last half of the year 2019, Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta announced an increment of the tax from its current 6% to 9%.

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But, Nurudeen Abass said the increment will never support the financing of technology projects in the country.

According to him, unlike past situations, extensive consultations were not held before such a decision was made.

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He is, therefore, asking the government to take a second look at the decision or face their wrath.

Source: | Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy