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Relief As Govt Makes OTT Tax Valid For 24 Hours

Government and telecom companies have revealed that effective November 1, 2018, the validity of daily Over-the-Top  (OTT)  tax of Shs200 has changed from midnight to 24 hours.

Ian Rumanyika (in featured photo), the Manager Public & Corporate Affairs at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), says that the decision follows engagements with  various stakeholders and parties including URA, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), telecom companies and the taxpayers.

“..The Commissioner General (Doris Akol) guided telecom companies that starting November1  2018 the OTT Tax will be charged in a period of 24 hours as opposed to the earlier position of charging OTT at the clock of midnight. We welcome this position and we thank government for listening to the taxpayers,” Rumanyika said in an interview.

The contentious OTT tax commonly referred to as Social Media Tax took effect on July1, 2018.

A daily rate of Shs 200 is charged for each subscriber to access social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram, among others,



Taddewo William Senyonyi
William is a seasoned business and finance journalist. He is also an agripreneur and a coffee enthusiast.

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