While the Communication Tax Bill passes first reading at the National Assembly, the President of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, said that there is nothing wrong with the implementation of the tax.
The Cable confirms that Fowler said this in Abuja on Monday. According to him, “I’ll put it this way, Nigerians speak a lot on the phone; they also talk more than is necessary so that they have the ability or the revenue to talk that much.
I see no harm in paying a little more to the government. We equate ourselves to developing countries, but Ghana implemented a 2% education tax and used it to finance their universities, which is why Nigerians have now been going to university in Ghana. They didn’t look for assistance, they did it on their own.
The Communication Service Tax Bill proposes that the tax rate is 9 per cent of the charge for the use of the telecommunications service. It would replace the 2.2% initial increase in value-added tax introduced by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).