Rwanda mulls imposing Netflix tax – report


The Rwandan authorities are considering a proposal to impose a tax on online services, reported the New Times website quoting an official from the tax collection authority.

The proposed Value Added Tax (VAT) is considered a “necessary one”, said Jean Louis Kaliningondo of the Rwandan Revenue Authority (RRA).

“When you pay for services such as Netflix, you are using money that you have generated in Rwanda. So, we are asking, why don’t we collect VAT on these services if they are being paid for by our citizens?” he asked.

African countries have increasingly been taxing digital services in efforts to broaden revenue collection.

Last year, Kenya introduced the Digital Service Tax (DST) that imposed a 1.5% flat tax on the value of goods or services sold on digital platforms.

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