Friday, December 20, 2013

SIM card monthly charge to go, at last

By Frank Kimboy,The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. President Jakaya Kikwete has signed a certificate of emergency to amend the 2013 Finance Act, specially repealing provisions establishing SIM card tax.

In the 2013/2014 National Budget, the government introduced a Sh1,000 SIM Card monthly tax as one of the measures to increase government revenue collections. Despite public outcry and concerns from MPs, the Finance Act was passed by the Parliament and later on assented to by the President.

However, according to Communication, Science and Technology deputy minister January Makamba, the President signed a certificate of emergency to have the Act amended immediately.

“The President has just signed a Certificate of Emergency for amending the 2013 Finance Bill to repeal the SIM Card tax,” posted Mr Makamba in his twitter account.

“I confirm that the President has signed the Certificate of Emergency to amend the 2013/2014 Finance Act in order to scrap the SIM Card registration tax,” said the deputy minister in a telephone interview in the city yesterday.

The latest development comes just a few days after leading mobile phone companies and 37 banks suffered a big blow after the The Tax Revenue Appeals Board dismissed their appeal challenging the Sh1,000 monthly Sim Card tax and a 0.15 per cent deduction on money transfer services.

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