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Official: Social media taxes to take immediate effect on 1st July as Telecom companies join hands

Social media taxes are compulsory and can't be avoided - Telecom companies

Social media taxes in Uganda are one of a kind and very unavoidable according to a statement by MTN in its FAQs. As Parliament previously approved the said social media taxes, Telecom companies have today backed the idea by releasing the official payment methods to be used when paying social media tax.

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The public notice issued by telecom companies about social media taxes

OTT Services explained as Over the top services are platforms that allow you to interact remotely without using the official Telecom sim cards for example with VOIP (Voice over IP) or Video chatting and conferencing. The following methods are some of those you can use to pay OTT tax a.k.a Social media taxes quickly.

  • MTN Mobile money (*165*2*8#)
  • Airtel Money (*185*2*5#)
  • Africell Money (*144*2*5#)

Africell customers can also pay social media taxes using MTN mobile.oney and Airtel money at no extra charge as the statement appeared in a public notice. However, you can also use Africell EVC via *133*6# to pay the taxes as other Telecom companies also draft new payment methods which can be paid for the following periodic stated packages.

  • Daily (Ushs 200)
  • Weekly (Ushs 1,400)
  • Monthly (Ushs 6,000)

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“Social media taxes in Uganda are one of a kind and very unavoidable” according to a statement by MTN in its FAQs. As everyone will now opt to run to VPNs telecom companies have claimed that the new social media tax can’t be dodged but instead be paid in time as it will expire daily at 11.59PM.

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