Wednesday, 4 July 2018

ICT experts challenge Uganda's mobile, social media taxes

Ugandan ICT experts have opposed the newly introduced taxes on mobile money and social media.

Under their umbrella body Information Communication Technology Association of uganda (ICTAU), the experts have resolved to support domestic and international efforts to repeal these taxes, including the legal petition launched by a group of young lawyers, Cyber Law Initiative. 

"The ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) is gravely concerned about the recently implemented taxes on Mobile Money and Over-The-Top (OTT) services. These taxes were enacted by the Government of Uganda without sufficient deliberation or consultation and are not supported by evidence-based research. They will undoubtedly constrain the development of our industry, economy, and society," they said in a statement. 

In the statement released in Kampala on Tuesday, ICTAU also "strongly urged the government to ensure that all future laws and regulations related to Uganda’s ICT industry originate from a predictable, deliberate process that incorporates evidence-based research and public consultation."

Government has said the new taxes aim to increase the country's narrow tax base.

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