Founding President of IMANI Africa, a leading policy think tank in Ghana, Franklin Cudoe has argued that since the Communication Service Tax (CST) is a consumer tax, it will be paid by consumers, imploring government not to fight telecommunication companies ( telcos).
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He made this comments apparently in reaction directives by
the Communications Ministry to the telecommunications companies (telcos) to
stop upfront deductions of the tax.
He noted that accusations levelled against telcos as
engaging in subterfuge to court disaffection for government leads to one of two
options: either government gets rid of the additional 3% of the CST or cancel
“Consumption taxes are just what they are- consumers pay. Seeing there is great controversy over the 3% additional CST, with some claiming it is corporate subterfuge by the telcos to make the government unpopular, there cab be just one outcome; ether the govt absolves the additional 3% CST or cancels it. No need fighting the Telcos for passing on what they didn’t originate,” he wrote on Social media sighted by MyNewsGh.com.
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The CST has been increased from 6% to 9% but its
implementation has been met with complaints and outrage from subscribers across
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