Social Media taxes to be paid via mobile money
Telecom companies, MTN, Airtel and Africell have said that once the government implements the service charges for over the top services, (OTT) access will only be granted to customers whose payments are received via mobile money.
Ahead of the actual implementation of internet taxes, the telecommunication companies say that access to over the top services will be blocked on July 1st 2018.
Over the top services are sites that offer voice and messaging services over the internet like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter among others. Users are expected to pay an excise duty of Shs 200 per day or Shs 1400 weekly and Shs 6000 a month to access these services.
“Access will be granted for a calendar day until 12:00am for the day, that is, until midnight if the customer has paid for one day,” noted the Telecom service providers.
Airtel customers are to make payments by dialing *185*2*5# while MTN users will use *165*2*5#
Africel customers were advised to use Airtel or MTN mobile money to pay the tax.
On April 12, finance state minister David Bahati under the directive of President Museveni introduced the bill that was subsequently endorsed by parliament where all internet users were to pay tax to use internet in a move to increase taxes. Bahati had assured the public that only Shs100 will be collected per day for any one to use the OTT services.
To President Museveni, the tax was introduced to reduce gossip that goes on social media platforms.