FIRS Not Communication Ministry Answerable For 7.5% VAT On Calls, SMS ―Pantami

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has distanced itself from the recently announced VAT on SMS and calls.

The announcement was greeted with lots of condemnation and uproar among Nigerian citizens.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami in a statement released by his office said the communication ministry “has been inundated with complaints and enquiries concerning the recent 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages, by some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).”

In the statement made available to the media by the Ministry of Communication’s spokesperson, Mrs Uwa Suleiman stated; “we wish to inform the general public that the issues of VAT, do not fall under the Ministry’s purview.

“The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is not mandated to handle VAT.

“In the same vein, we also wish to notify the general public that contrary to popular opinion in some quaters, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy had no prior consultation or awareness about the development.

“All further enquiries and clarifications may henceforth be directed to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), being the proper institution for tax matters.”

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