Uganda First to Impose Tax on WhatsApp, Facebook Users

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Service Tax on Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter Usage – Africian country Uganda has imposed tax of 200 shilling ($0.05) daily for the usage of Social Media applications like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter in a move to curb “gossip” and raise revenue. Country is currently facing a huge national debt.

The new tax will be effective from July, 1st.

Country’s President Yoweri Museveni insisted that the revenue collected by the social media tax would help the country “cope with consequences of olugambo (gossiping)”.

Country is also planning to tax mobile banking transaction with the flat rate of 1%.


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