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Telenor starts implementing Government tax on mobile telephony services

May 29, 2009 – Upon a decision of the Government of Serbia, mobile telephony services users will pay an additional 10% tax as of June 1. The Government’s “Mobile Phone Tax”, applied according to the instructions of the Ministry of Finance, is a temporary measure and refers to all calls, sending of text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages, as well as data transfers (Internet traffic), and special services, both in the country and abroad.

The tax, payable on service rates, VAT excluded, is collected on behalf of the state by all three operators in the territory of Serbia.

For postpaid subscribers, the tax is added to monthly traffic total and presented in the bill as a separate item. All postpaid subscribers will receive the first such bill in July, for consumption in June.

Prices of top-ups for prepaid subscribers will not change nominally, since the new tax will be included in the price.
The tax will be also be payable on special services for all subscribers, including SIM card or number replacements, special numbers, and mailing of call specification to home address.

The following categories of services and equipment are tax exempt: SMS parking for postpaid subscribers, National Lottery sweepstakes for postapid subscribers, mobile handsets, Internet modems, additional handset equipment (batteries, chargers, memory cards, bags, chains, etc), traffic for roamers in Serbia (subscribers to foreign mobile networks while in Serbia and using services of Serbian mobile operators), “5 for 20” and “SOS top-up” services for prepaid subscribers, interest rates, penalties and court taxes.