By Felicity Hannah & Anna Meisel
BBC File on 4
By Ben King
Business reporter, BBC News
BBC News, Yaoundé
Consumer rights campaigners in Cameroon have called on citizens to boycott a tax on mobile phones and tablets which the government is due to introduce on Thursday.
The tax requires customers to pay 33% of the cost of each phone they buy if the importer did not pay the corresponding customs dues.
It is a controversial decision that has sparked condemnation by consumer associations who are calling on the government to force importers to pay the tax instead of consumers.
The president of the National League of Cameroonian Consumers, Delor Magellan Kamgain, has called on consumers to boycott the tax.
“The Cameroon government did not respect the procedures for implementing this decision. The government also did not carry out campaigns to inform consumers,” he said.
But the minister of telecommunications Minette Libom Li Keng insists it is not a new tax, but just a change in the manner in which it is paid.
By Natalie Sherman
Business reporter, New York
By Shane Harrison
By Oliver Newlan & Paul Kenyon
File on 4
Islanders must now pay goods and services tax (GST) on any online purchases imported into the island worth £135 or more.
Previously, the 5% charge was only applied to goods bought for personal use costing £240 or above.
The change to the "de minimis" value was outlined in the government plan for 2020-2023, and agreed by the States Assembly in December 2019.
It was originally due to come into effect from 1 July, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A lower threshold for chargeable goods aims to encourage people to buy locally and allow businesses to compete more fairly with off-island retailers, the government said.
By Jake Horton
BBC Reality Check
The president denies claims in the New York Times that he paid just $750 income tax in 2016 and 2017.