Telecommunications companies in Uganda have set aside a special USSD short code for paying social media taxes as of the public notice that was released by Africell , Airtel and MTN a few days ago .
Effective starting from 1st July 2018 , the government of Uganda will be charging UGX 200 for social media tax from all social media users in Uganda . This article will show you how to pay for social media taxes in Uganda .
- 1 How to pay social media tax in Uganda .
- 2 Step by step process of how to pay social media tax
- 3 How to pay social media tax MTN
- 4 How to pay social media tax Airtel .
- 5 How to pay social media tax Africell
- 6 SMILE – Social Media Tax
- 7 Will I have to pay for social media tax when using WiFi ?
- 8 Which OTT services have been affected by the social media tax ?
- 9 Share this:
MTN allows you to pay social media tax via its mobile money USSD code by dialing *185*2*8# whereas Airtel you can use mobile money USSD code *185*2*5#. Follow the instructions as deemed by the mobile money service providers and you’ll receive a notification once the operation is successful . Follow the step by step procedures below to pay social media tax MTN , Africell and Airtel .
With the social media tax , you can choose to pay a daily fee UGX 200 , weekly fee UGX 1400 or pay for the whole month at fee UGX 6000 .
Access will be granted to customers who have paid taxes up to midnight.
To pay social media tax on MTN Uganda , you’ll need to follow some of the following guided steps below .
Step 1 : Dial *165*2*8# and select pay for this number . Remember this differs depending on situation , if you want to pay social media tax for a friend , you can easily use the second option . MTN also allows you to pay social media tax for Africell .
Step 2 : Next select the social media tax you’re interested in paying for at the moment . This can either be daily tax (200/=) , weekly(1400/=) or monthly (6000/=) . You can’t pay the yearly package at the moment .
Step 3 : After selecting with suitable package , confirm the process by entering your mobile money pin code . If you’re not satisfied by the package , you can press zero to return .
After the above three steps , wait for some few minutes and you’ll receive a notification from MTN confirming the tax you’ve just paid to URA for OTT Tax .
If you want to pay social media tax for airtel in Uganda , follow the guided procedures below .
Step 1 : Dial *165*2*5# and you’ll be asked to select from the two options pay for self or pay for another . Choose the option that suits you better .
Step 2 : In this step , select a package of your choice from daily social media tax (200/=) , weekly tax (1400/=) or monthly (6000/=) . Remember you can’t pay for yearly social media tax as yet .
Step 3 : After selecting social media tax of your own choice , confirm the transaction by entering you airtel money pin code in the space provided and press enter .
You’ll shortly receive a message from airtel confirming you’ve just paid OTT service tax to URA . After this , you can now access social media accounts shortly .
Social media taxes can only be paid using MTN mobile money or Airtel Money . So if you’re Africell user , you’ll use one of the two mobile money operators in Uganda .
In the procedure below we have used MTN mobile money to pay for social media tax Africell .
Step 1 : Dial *165*2*8# and select the option Africell tax from the options . At the moment of writing this , it seems the service has some issues –it’s on and off .
Step 2 : Select the social media tax of your own choice from the daily , weekly or monthly package and press enter .
Step 3 : In the last step , confirm the transaction by entering your MTN mobile money pin code .
You’ll receive a message shortly from MTN confirming you have just paid social media tax to URA . After that , you can now instantly access your social media platforms in Uganda .
SMILE – Social Media Tax
If you’re a smile network user , smile in their recent press release confirmed paying OTT service tax for all it’s customers . Perhaps it’s time you got yourself a Smile Line .
“We have got you covered!! Following the introduction of OTT tax, commonly referred to as “Social Media Tax” that was effected 1st July 2018 by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), we are pleased to inform you that as a valued customer of Smile, we will pay this new tax on your behalf. Just continue to purchase and use Smile Bundles like you used to in the past. There is NO need for additional subscription steps to access and enjoy Social Media services from Smile!!”
The tax affects any user who uses Over The Top (OTT) services in Uganda . OTT services are sites that offer voice and messaging services over the internet . These include Facebook , twitter , whatsapp , viber and dating sites .
So starting from 1 st July 2018 access to OTTs will be blocked and only those that have paid the social media tax will be allowed to access them .
Payment of the tax will be made directly by the customer using MTN and Airtel Mobile Money and access will be granted immediately . If you’re an africell user , you can pay social media tax via any of the two mobile money service providers mentioned above .
Currently the only available options to pay social media tax in Uganda are through the MTN and Airtel mobile money services only . This applies to Africell and other telecommunication companies. Below is the social media tax public notice by MTN , Airtel and Africel .
Currently the social media tax is levied on sim cards that use OTT but not WiFI operators . So you won’t pay social media tax until further notice .
The following OTT services have been affected by the recent social media taxes in Uganda . These include some of the following ;
- Meet Me
- In Message
- Say Hi
- freevideo Mail.Ru
- Kakao Talk
- Voxer Walkie Talkie
- Meet Me
- Live Talk
- Google Hangouts
- Google Allo
- Call Free
- Yahoo Messenger
- Text Me
- Android Messages
- New Messenger
- Hangouts Dialer.