Siphoning money from stealth taxes on voice is only an intermediary stage in the business plan for Global Voice Group (GVG).
The Nigerian government says a 5 percent tax will be imposed on all calls, SMS messages and data usage.
Other governments should also seek to learn from Tanzanian policies that backfired.
Albert Kan-Dapaah, Ghana’s Minister for National Security, wants “enhanced cooperation” between state security and tax collectors.
It looked like the ruling NPP tried to break procedure to enact a new tax but some say it was a misunderstanding about using the toilet.
Ghana’s government imposed a surprise new tax, gave a tax cut, and seemingly found tax leaks within the space of just 3 weeks.
After insisting telcos are tax cheats, Global Voice Group now wants to be paid to process transactions it has already been paid to audit.
The widespread adoption of origin based pricing in Europe is effectively a stealth tax that further encourages customers to switch to OTT services.
Governments are nationalizing telco revenue assurance so they can impose stealth taxes, but Ugandan plans are awry after the police needed tear gas and bullets to disperse anti-tax protesters.