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Congo Introduces Telecoms Taxes

Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

19 March 2015


The Director of Taxes for the Republic of Congo, Antoine Ngakosso, has announced new taxes on the telecoms industry.

A new tax will be applied to all calls and text messages transmitted via public mobile networks. It will be charged at a rate of XAF10 (USD0.016) per minute for calls, and XAF1 per text message. It will be levied on the network operators and collected by the regulatory authority for electronic communications, ARPCE.

Announcing the tax on March 6, 2015, Ngakosso stated that the tax "will not influence communication costs, because the system is very simple and consumers will not notice it. We have taken measures to ensure businesses and consumers are not affected."

Another levy will be placed on telecoms masts, equal to XAF1m (USD1,629) per mast per year. The revenue from this levy will go to local authorities.

TAGS: africa | tax | business | Congo, Republic of the | telecoms | Communications | Tax

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