Association urges congress to remove telecom’s tax

28 Aug 2003

Mexican telecoms association Anatel, whose 30 members claim to account for over 70% of revenues in the sector, is pushing for congress and the president’s office to remove a tax on telecoms services from the country’s 2004 budget. The IEPS tax became law on 1 January 2002, proposing that so-called luxury services – including telecoms – be taxed at 10%. Whilst a number of telco’s succeeded in having core services exempt from the IEPS in 2002/03, Anatel members are pushing for telecoms to be exempt from the charge altogether. A coalition of other telecoms associations – including paging companies body Amcot and trunking services representatives Amcot – are also pushing for telecoms to be omitted.