Mobile phone users across the country are expected to enjoy a 4% reduction in voice and data charges from today, September 15, 2020.
The reduction in the Communication Service Tax from 9% to 5% is to enable people, businesses and households to communicate effectively using information, communication and technology tools to operate in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to a release by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications on Monday, September 14, 2020, the 5% CST charge would be applied through a tariff adjustment on products and services.
Mobile Network Operators are to serve notice to their customers on the completion of the service, provide transparency to on the adjustment tariffs, even as they offer other relevant information after usage of the services, per the Communication Service Tax (Amendment) Act, 2020 (Act 1025).
Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Dr Ing. Edem Ashigbey had earlier said, “the tariff adjustment program means when our customers pay the same price they would enjoy more, which is in line with the Government’s measures in alleviating cost burden on citizens in the wake of the global pandemic.”
As part of the COVID-19 relief packages, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, announced the the reduction of the tax from nine per cent to five per cent in his July Mid-Year Budget Review.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com