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Digicel absorbs cell tax

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Digicel absorbs cell tax

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER DIGICEL has saved local mobile phone users some serious dollars.

The Irish-based company announced that it would completely absorb Government’s controversial “cell phone tax” and not pass it on to its customers.

The tax, which came into use from January 1 is set to make BDS$14 million for Government to use for educational purposes.

Digicel’s regional chief executive officer Paul Osborne made the revelation at the company’s Warrens, St. Michael headquarters today.

“We recognise that 2016 is a historical year for Barbados as the nation proudly celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent nation, so it’s only fitting that our customers start the year off on a celebratory note,” Osborne told the media.

The CEO said that the company recognised the tax would have left customers out of pocket, and they believe it was more prudent to take the hit at this time.

According to Osborne, absorbing the tax is a long-term move, and not just an advertising gimmick.

He said Digicel would fully continue to handle its tax obligations to Government in spite of taking the financial hit. (BA)