Nigerians react as telcos increase voice and SMS tariffs with the implementation of 7.5% VAT

It is no longer news that the reviewed Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5% to 7.5% in the recently signed finance bill took effect from February 1. As it were, telecommunications also fall among taxable services.

Gbolahan Awonuga, Secretary of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), confirmed to Techpoint on Saturday that a statement was issued to notify subscribers across all networks of the implementation of VAT increase which will affect tariffs on phone calls, text messages and Internet bundles in the country.

Apparently, these services have always been taxed. According to Awonuga, network providers only have to notify users of the current deductions because of the directive that they should adhere to tariff transparency and quality service delivery in implementing the increase.

Reacting to this, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their displeasures.


While some lament on how much will now be spent on calls and texts…

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