Rewritten news: The National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria (NATCOMS) has announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the Federal Government in early 2023 to challenge the proposed imposition of an excise tax on telecommunications services.

NATCOMS President Deolu Ogunbanjo argued that the sector is already heavily taxed and that there are other areas where the government could generate revenue. The plan to impose the tax, which would result in operators raising call and data rates, was suspended but is reportedly being considered again as part of the 2022 Finance Bill currently being reviewed by the National Assembly.

The bill states that all telecommunications services in Nigeria would be subject to the tax at rates to be determined by the President, with the stated purpose being to increase revenue and broaden the scope of goods and services subject to excise duty beyond just telecoms. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isah Pantami, had previously opposed the tax, stating that it would negatively impact the sector and consumers.Regenerate response

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