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Incase of 7.5% VAT Deduction On Calls, Text Messages, Channel Clarifications To FIRS—Minister

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Aminat Isah, Abuja

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has directed that all clarifications concerning the recent 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages be directed to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) being the proper institution for tax matters.

The Minister stated this in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, after been inundated with complaints and enquiries concerning the recent 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls and text messages, by some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

He noted that the ministry appreciate the support and efforts of well meaning Nigerians who have sought clarifications in a civil manner even as he assured the general public that the issues of VAT, do not fall under the Ministry’s purview.

The statement reads: “The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is not mandated to handle VAT. In the same vein, we also wish to notify the general public that contrary to popular opinion in some quaters, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy had no prior consultation or awareness about the development.

“All further enquiries and clarifications may henceforth be directed to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), being the proper institution for tax matters.”

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