Minister of Communications Reacts To 7.5 % VAT Charge On Voice Calls & Text Messages
Dr Isa Pantami, Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has broken his silence after Nigerians complained of 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on voice calls and text messages.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, directed Nigerians to approach the Federal Inland Revenue for clarification after it was discovered that Telecoms companies charge 7.5 percent of Value Added Tax (VAT) on voice calls and text messages.
The Minister claimed that this call had become necessary following further inquiries by Telecoms subscribers in his office concerning the deduction of 7.5 percent of VAT by certain mobile network operators.
The spokesperson for the Minister, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, in a statement issued on Thursday, confirmed that VAT problems do not fall within the competence of the Ministry.
The statement said, “The Office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), has been overwhelmed with concerns and inquiries about the latest 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages by some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).