State proposes removing mobile tax next month

21 Jun 2012

Croatia’s government yesterday put forward a parliamentary motion to abolish a special mobile services tax under which cellcos pay 6% of voice and messaging service revenues to the state. The country’s largest telecoms group T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) reported that MPs will vote on the proposal to remove the levy with effect on 1 July 2012, bringing forward an original date set for 30 June 2013. The special excise tax was imposed in August 2009 to help plug holes in the national budget, and although it was cancelled under an October 2011 decision with effect from January 2012, later that month the incoming centre-left government reinstated it, originally with the aim of enforcing the fee until Croatia’s expected accession to the European Union in mid-2013.