Ghanaians Unaware of Communication Service Tax.
Recently was when the National Communication Authority gave notice of increasing the costs on Communication Service Tax (CST) that seems to be unaware by a lot of Ghanaians.
This Communication Service Tax (CST) has taken place effectively but rather seems to be that many in the public remain unaware of its implementation at all.
From 6% to 9% was how the Communication Service Tax hiked in the mid-year review and supplementary budget presented to Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta.
This change would affect the cost of telecommunication services rendered to customers by the mobile networks that includes MTN Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, AirtelTigo etc.
As the statement was issued by the Chamber of Telecommunications, it is said that the CST, has been increased from 6% to 9% and this would be applied to any recharge purchased by customers.
It said with every GHC 1.00 worth of recharge or airtime purchased, a nine per cent CST fee would be charged leaving GHC 0.93 per cent for purchase of products and services according to the information first seen on NewsGhana. – Ghanaians Unaware of Communication Service Tax.
While some members of the public, who spoke to the GNA said they were unaware of the new tax, others said although they had heard of it, they were not aware that it was going to take effect from October 1.
Madam Loyce Eyram Sekpla, a 40-year old Pharmacist, said: “As for my house, we do listen to news every time so we have heard of it. Just that we didn’t know it was going to take effect soon.”
On the other hand, Nii Laryea Taigoe, a mobile money and recharge card merchant told the GNA, that he had not heard of the new development at all and was hoping that it didn’t affect their business.
“Me, I do mobile money, but I haven’t heard of this. I’m only hoping that it doesn’t affect the movement of my work and sale of recharge cards because I know customers will complain by all means,” he said.
The revised tax according to the Finance Minister would promote development of a viable technology ecosystem in the country.
Among the benefits the state would enjoy in the implementation of the revised CTS is the protection of users of information technology, combat money laundering and identification and combating of crime. Ghanaians Unaware of Communication Service Tax.