Ghana to cut Communication Service Tax to 5%

24 Jul 2020

Ghanaian finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta has announced the Communication Service Tax will be cut from 9% to 5% over the next six months, as part of a package of measures intended to lessen the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumers, GhanaWeb reports. Presenting his mid-year budget review statement to parliament, the minister noted the cut would benefit consumers forced to work remotely and access online services during the health emergency. Mr. Ofori-Atta added that the government was counting on ’telcos to also match this reduction in the CST by reducing their tariffs’. A controversial rate hike from 6% to 9% in September 2019 prompted widespread criticism and accusations that telcos were transferring the cost directly to consumers.