Uganda Just Passed A Bill To Tax Social Media Users To ‘Curb Gossip’
The Ugandan parliament has approved and passed the excise duty amendment bill.
The bill includes a tax on social media usage, social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, Skype etc.
This new measure is in response to Museveni’s letter to the treasury in March, claiming that idle talk on social media was costing the country much-needed time and income.
Telecom companies providing data used for accessing over-the-top (OTT) networks will be liable to account and pay excise duty on the services, so you know they’ll only be too glad to carry the user along in paying the taxes.
Uganda’s finance minister Matia Kasaija also told Reuters the tax plan will help “maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently.”