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Multiple taxation choking Telcos, says ALTON

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Telecommunications operating companies in Nigeria have again urged the federal government to review the Amended Tax Order of 2015 to reduce multiple taxation.

To them, the current heavy taxes imposed on telecoms companies at the federal, state and local government levels, have been major obstacle, which retards economic growth, limits profits, compromises quality of service and slows network expansion.

In addition to the statutory taxes levied on operators; telecommunications operators pay Annual Operating Levy (AOL) of certain percentage of earnings to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and are required in addition to pay various rates and charges to other Federal Government agencies (e.g. Consumer Protection Council, Nigeria Lottery Commission, federal and state ministries of environment etc), authorities in every state and local Government in which they operate.

Also the police and thugs, who supported the drive of the multiple tax imposers make it difficult to resist them

The Guardian, January 25, 2019

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