Nigeria: 7.5% VAT On Calls, SMS - Complain to FIRS, Minister Tells Subscribers

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, yesterday asked Nigerian telecom subscribers to direct all enquiries and clarifications about the 7.5 percent increase on call and data rates to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), being the proper institution for tax matters.

Pantami, in a statement by his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, said he was not mandated to handle VAT and the issues of VAT do not fall under the Ministry's purview.

"The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has been inundated with complaints and enquiries concerning the recent 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages, by some Mobile Network Operators.

"While we appreciate the support and efforts of well meaning Nigerians who have sought clarifications in a civil manner, we wish to inform the general public that the issues of VAT, do not fall under the ministry's purview. The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is not mandated to handle VAT", the minister said.

He also said he had no prior consultation or awareness about the VAT increase on telecoms services.

"All further enquiries and clarifications may henceforth be directed to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), being the proper institution for tax matters", he said.

Source: All Africa

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