The social media tax of shillings two hundred ( 200) a single day took effect from 1st July 2018, the social media tax caused havoc from Ugandan citizens, some have resentfully paid it, while others are looking for ways to evade it by downloading VPN apps to be able to access social media platforms.
The VPN applications allows internet users to use data purchased from telecommunications companies, but it conceals their IP addresses. Internet Protocol are geographically distributed and can be utilized to recognize the location of internet users. People with Virtual Private Network easily opens their social media websites without remunerating tax.
UCC Executive director, Mr Godfrey Mutabazi told media that the Telecommunication companies have already started blocking VPNs, though there are quite many on the internet. Not all of them can be blocked,’’he admitted.
VPN applications consume more data!
All those that are deciding to go for VPNs should be aware that these applications consume a lot of internet data than the 200shs social media tax, ‘’said Mutabazi.
Mutabazi advised Ugandans to pay the 200 shillings social media tax instead of using the VPN applications. It’s the decision made by the government, not by UCC. I urge people to get used to paying tax because it’s a law, you should pay tax incase the government says so,’’he said.
On Thurday last week, Telecommunication companies quickly sent out messages notifying customers that it’s a requirement to pay 200shs per day, which is 1,400shs a week or 6000shs monthly to be able to access social media platforms.
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