NATCOM rejects double taxation claims

12 Jun 2008

Several local newspapers have called on the government to harmonise the operations of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) in order to alleviate problems with double taxation of GSM operators and foreign licensees. National daily Premier News has urged for a review of the new tax system in the country. The newspaper claims that NATCOM paid USD2 million to the government, via the NRA, comprising licence renewal fees, spectrum fees and other funds collected from mobile phone operators in the country. Meanwhile, it claims the NRA is also collecting fees directly from phone companies. NATCOM’s executive secretary, Bash Kamara, rejected the story’s claims, saying the information is not true. He acknowledged that as per the amended Telecom Act annual licence fees of mobile companies can now be paid directly to the NRA, but he dismissed the question of double taxation.

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