Government plans to ease social media tax payment with annual charge

Mr David Bahati, the Finance state minister in charge of Planning. FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Available windows. Currently, there are only three windows of 24 hour, a week and a month through which a customer can pay for social media tax. Government wants telecoms to introduce a fourth window of annual payments.
  • Facebook, one of the largest social media sites, has also warned Uganda that it will withhold its planned investments in the country because the model on which they based them will be affected by the Shs200 daily social media tax.

Kampala. Government is working on a plan that will give customers a window through which they can make annual payments for the over the top tax also know as social media taxes.
Currently, there are only three windows of 24 hours, a week and a month, through which a customer can pay for social media tax.
Speaking in an interview, Mr David Bahati, the Finance state minister in charge of Planning, said government, in collaboration with telecoms, was in the process of creating a window that will allow annual payments for the tax.
“We want to make it more convenient that you can buy it for a whole year and forget about it. That is what we are working on with telecom companies,” he said.
In July, government implemented the social media tax, kicking up a storm among users.

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