Ghana’s telecoms operators to stop upfront tax deduction

29 Nov 2019

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has announced that its members will stop the upfront deduction of the Communication Service Tax (CST) from customers’ bills with effect from 26 November 2019. In a statement, the Chamber said it will reconfigure its systems so that customers are not charged the 9% CST when they top up their mobile phone airtime. Operators will instead apply the tax ‘through a tariff adjustment on their products and services’. Ghana’s telcos and the government have been in dispute over how the CST should be deducted after the rate was increased from 6% to 9% in September.