Tanzanian government reveals plans to reduce VAT on mobile phones

mobile DATEV eGThe Tanzanian government has decided to reduce VAT on cellphones and computers to give a boost to communications sector. (Image source: sxc.hu)The Tanzanian government has revealed plans to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on mobile handsets to improve the country’s communications sector

Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) director general, John Nkoma, said tax would also be reduced on computers.

“We are planning to reduce taxes on mobile phone handsets and computers to allow the public to easily purchase the products since the majority relies on their mobile phones and computers to conduct their businesses,” Nkoma noted. 

Nkoma has also asked TV stations that have not switched to digital broadcasting to do so as soon as possible to enable the public access the services.

The government switched from analogue transmission to digital technology in Dar es Salaam on 31 December 2012. The process will also be done in other regions of the country this year.

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