Government to tax calls on Whatsapp, Facebook, and other platforms in the near future – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Government to tax calls on Whatsapp, Facebook, and other platforms in the near future – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitization, has revealed that the government is considering generating revenue from calls made via social media platforms.

She said that the Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Revenue Authority are working together on this (GRA).

Ursula hinted that stakeholders in the telecommunications sector, especially Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), would be engaged on how the government can shore up its revenue by taxing OTT when she spoke about Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D).

We are committed to accelerating the adoption of digital technologies, software, and services at all levels, as well as building and protecting our digital infrastructure and enhancing our youth’s ability and acquisition of digital skills.

As you might be aware, such investments and others can only be financed by tax revenue mobilization.

“Currently, the government is losing huge revenues from the MNOs to OTT digital service providers as traditional sources of telecoms revenue like voice declines. 

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.

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