The Ghanaian government has announced that it is about to increase the tax on communication services in the country. The tax is supposed to rise from 6% to 9%. This seems to oppose what the Communications Minister said some few months ago.
This announcement was made by Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance, during the presentation of the 2019 mid-year budget review in Parliament.
The explanation for this increment, according to the Finance Minister, is to establish a more viable technology system in the country.
Minister Ofori-Atta said: “Government proposes to increase the tax to nine percent to develop the foundation for the creation of a viable technology ecosystem in the country. This will comprise amongst others putting in systems to identify and combat cybercrime, protect users of information technology and combat money laundering and other financial crimes.”
He continued that, “The increase will not be earmarked, however, the sharing ratio will be adjusted in such a manner that the national youth employment programmes continue to receive the same proportions as they are currently receiving.”
The tax on communication services was introduced back in 2008. It is charged on the use of all communication services in the country which includes voice calls.
In 2018, data from the Ministry of Finance shows the government was able to raise about GH¢ 420 million from the communications tax. This amount was a 27.7 percent increase from what the government raised in the previous year, 2017.

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