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Uganda Denies Plan To Tax WhatsApp, Facebook

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Uganda Denies Plan To Tax WhatsApp, Facebook

Ugandan government has strongly denied that it had introduced a detailed plan to impose tax on social media.

Frank Tumwebaze, the country’s ICT minister said, “There is nothing like social media tax. There is no such proposal. That is not what the president proposed. No one will tax you for using WhatsApp and Facebook,” the minister said.

However, in a March, President Yoweri Museveni, proposed an introduction of tax on over-the-top (OTT) services accessed through platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber.

These services, Museveni said, are a potential revenue stream and would generate in additional income.

“This estimate is on the basis of minutes that we have captured being used by Ugandans over OTT. This does not include the undeclared calls and data by the telephone companies,” Museveni said.

Tumwebaze said the president is proposing a tax on value added services of some of the social media platforms such as Skype and WhatsApp calls. “These are called OTTs. It is not a Facebook or WhatsApp message.”

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