It’s 1st July 2018 and the government of Uganda expects you to be pay your Taxes before you can watch cat Videos, gifs, memes and send Emojis on your favorite social media App. MTN Uganda has already sent out an SMS to their customers telling them that WFT and SWIFT (Snapchat, Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) will nolonger be available. And we have unconfirmed reports from certains users who can nolonger access specific Apps on MTN and Airtel networks.
So this is real. Even though those 5 OTT services are the most popular, there are over 50 messaging and voice services that will be blocked in Uganda unless you pay a tax of Ugx 200/day. According to a leaked presentation by Uganda Revenue Authority(URA), Uganda’s tax body, SWIFT and Telegram, Google Allo, Hangouts, Android Messages, iMessages, WeChat, Kakao Talk, Truecaller, Skype, BBM-Free, Signal, ViberYahoo Messenger and tens of others will be taxed.
Here’s the complete list;
|Complete list of OTT services to be Taxed in Uganda|
|Voxer Walkie Talkie|
Mobile subscribers are expected to pay the tax via various Mobile money platforms.