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Telecoms Claro, Tricom, Orange, Viva and Wind reject tax increase

Claro, Tricom, Orange, Viva and Wind telecommunications companies expressed their strong opposition to the proposed new legislation that would increase taxes on the sector to help finance the National Emergency and Safety System 911. The bill was introduced to the Chamber of Deputies.  Spokespersons for the telecoms say the proposal is a violation of international agreements and would be a major barrier to growth in the telecommunications sector.

In a joint announcement that was delivered to the president of the Chamber of Deputies, the five telecom companies argued the additional costs associated with the tax would place an even greater burden on an already over-taxed telecommunications system. The telecom representatives pointed out they were not even invited to discussion legislation prior to its submission to Congress.

The companies say they are already help support the 911 Emergency Service. Since 2012, the telecom companies have invested around RD$260 million in the installations, systems and programs required for the implementation of the 911 service. They highlighted that even the 911 calls are free as they do not charge for them, despite their high daily cost.

The companies also stated that telecommunications services produced the fourth highest amount of taxes paid by consumers and that telecoms pay the second most taxes to the government.

Finally, the telecommunications group said that the new bill also has other aspects that need to be scrutinized as possible violations of the Constitution and the right to users’ privacy of data.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

May 17, 2017

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