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Nigeria Generates N127.03bn Tax From Calls, SMS

According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, the Federal Government made N127.03bn from Value Added Tax on calls, SMS, data, and other information and communication services in the first six month of the year.

This is 10.69 per cent of the total N1.19tn that was collected as VAT within the period under review. 

The government charges 7.5 per cent for the consumption of telecommunication services.

Speaking on the contribution of the sector in the second quarter of 2022, the NBS said, “In terms of sectoral contributions, the top three largest shares in Q2 2022 were Manufacturing with 33.08 per cent; Information and communication with 18.98 per cent; and Mining & quarrying with 10.60 per cent.”

By NBS’s grouping for Gross Domestic Report, the information and communication sector comprises the activities of telecommunications and information services; publishing; motion picture, sound recording and music production; and broadcasting.

Telecoms is the largest subsector in the sector contributing about 80 per cent of the total sector’s contribution to GDP. The subsector contributed 76.29 per cent, and 79.49 per cent to the sector’s nominal and real GDP in the first half of 2022.

It contributed N4.84tn to the nation’s real GDP and N7.94tn to its nominal GDP. To calculate the sector’s contribution to the economy, the NBS considers, “Telecommunication and Information Services: Gross Output: revenue from telephone, telex, Facsimile, telegraph, and other income from satellite and internet services.

“Intermediate consumption: transit fees, operational expenditure, minor repairs and maintenance and other expenses. Publishing: Gross Output: revenue from publishing services.

“Intermediate consumption: This includes details of the cost structure including transportation fees, operational expenditure, minor repairs etc. Motion Picture and Sound Recording: Gross Output: revenue generated/total sales from the number of movies and sound recordings produced including revenue generated from TV rights, royalties and fees.

“Intermediate consumption: Detail on the cost structure of operating firms including transportation fees, operational expenditure, minor repairs and maintenance, and other administrative expenses. Broadcasting: Gross Output: public corporation data derived from Accountants General’s reports, while the private component relies on revenue generated from services rendered e.g. advertisement.

 “Intermediate consumption: details of the cost structure of market participants which include transportation fees, operational expenditure, minor repairs and maintenance.”

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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