The Kenyan government has asked mobile handset manufacturers to produce data to show that imposing a levy on the devices would hurt mobile phone penetration in the country, The Star reported.
He said users end up spending more on airtime than they originally spent purchasing handsets, and airtime is subject to both VAT and excise tax. Growth in mobile phone penetration has largely been due to a decline in the cost of airtime. Njiraini also asked other manufacturers seeking tax breaks to make their submissions based on rigorous research rather than unsubstantiated claims.
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