In order to stop gossip and rumors on social media, the Uganda Parliament has passed a controversial law, under which people will be taxed for using social media. This law will apply from 1st July.
The Uganda President had written to the Finance Ministry while writing a letter that using social media can be a good tax collection, which will help in reducing the country’s debt. But President said that tax should not be levied on Internet data as it is used for education.
Now Uganda citizens will have to pay $ 0.0531 i.e. 3 rupees per day for the use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber and Twitter. Apart from this, there are many more tax in the new Excise Duty Bill. In which total mobile money transactions will be taxed separately for one per cent.
It is notable that at this time the Uganda government is currently struggling to register all the mobile phones sim. Of the subscribers using 23.6 million mobile phone subscribers, 17 million use the Internet. But there is still doubt about its implementation.