VAT Increases to 7.5% Tax Payment for Every Call, Data and SMS Transaction made on Your Phone


Only God knows what this country is turning into as the government has approved that every subscriber should pay 7.5% for important transactions such as calls, data purchases and sending SMS on your phone.

Knowing fully well that the new Value Added Tax (VAT) Policy will not only affect subscribers but incomes of different homes in the country equally, President Buhari signed the country finance bill into law with a sweeping effect on Nigeria’s fiscal laws. The government believed that the new tax regime will not adversely affect Nigerians, but that seems to be their instinct as it is.

Subscribers are already complaining bitterly about it on social media that the VAT shouldn’t apply to calls and data, but apparently, the telecoms vow to be dumb regarding it.

So, according to an experiment by a friend on how the VAT increase affects call charges;  after making a 6 seconds call across to a friend he was billed N2. 82k and similar experiment of 10sec call were charged N5.



Similarly, SMS is no longer sent for the usual N4, however, it's now N4.10 per SMS sent.


Nigerians have also been notified by Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) on social media about the new charges on the transactions which have begun since the 1st of February 2020; according to them:

Dear Customer,
In accordance with the Finance bill 2019 signed on 13th January 2020, the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate has been revised from 5% to 7.5% with effect from 00:00 Hrs 1st February 2020.
“As a result, the prices of our data plans, devices & accessories have been revised to reflect the revised 7.5% VAT rate from 00:00 Hrs 1st February 2020. Thanks for your usual co-operation”, a message from Spectranet, one of Nigeria’s internet provider, reads.

This VAT increment will affect both the rich and the poor in various sectors; some of the highlighted programmes we pay for will include this Tac charges, Services such as;


  1. Telecommunications, 
  2. Electricity, 
  3. Television, 
  4. Food & Beverages, 
  5. Petroleum companies e.t.c

If you've started experiencing the VAT charges on your transactions lately, kindly let us know via the comment box below.

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