Mobile phone users will soon see an increment in their call time bills as a new tax dubbed the communication service tax has been announced in Ghana.

This is a 3-percentage point increment from the previous rate consumers paid on talking on phone. This was announced by the country’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta in parliament when he presented the Mid-Year Budget.

The communication service tax was first introduced in 2008 at an ad valorem rate of six percent. The tax is levied on charges payable by consumers for the use of communication services.

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 cyber-crime, protect users of information technology and combat money laundering and other financial crimes.

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By the Act, at least 20 percent of the revenue generated from the communication service tax shall be used to finance the National Youth Employment Programme.

What it means for our tenants at Green Views is that, they must all be ready to pay more on phone calls as they call and chat with their loved ones back home.