The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has kicked against the tax policies of the Akufo-Addo government contained in the 2022 budget statement.
The opposition party believes the current government is not living to its promises following the policies and taxes in the budget.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, who was speaking at a forum organised by his party on the 2022 budget indicated that the NDC is not against taxes but the manner in which tax policies are being implemented is problematic.
He said the government’s penchant to borrow and consume and turn around to tax the citizens for the repayment of the loans is insensitive and unintelligent.
Mounting a spirited defence, Asiedu Nketiah stated that some of the taxes in the budget earmarked for next year are unproductive, saying his side in Parliament will stand by Ghanaians and reject it.
Although he admitted it will not be easy, the former MP for Wenchi West said the NDC MPs in Parliament will do everything possible to resist the e-levtbtgat has caused controversy in Ghana.
“The foundation of the 2022 budget is wrong,” Asiedu Nketiah stated as he encouraged his party supporters to believe in their MPs.
“If we lose the first battle, it doesn’t mean the e-levy has been approved,” he said and assured that the policies that have been listed in the budget that will not help growth will be tackled at the various committee levels.
While urging Ghanaians to believe in the opposition party, he said “Portions of the budget will be assigned to the select committees…the details of the estimates are examined. The responsible Minister will bring details of how they utilized last year’s budget.”
He continued, “After all the reports have been accepted or whatever, then the tax measures must come by way of bills. So it is at that stage that whether the Attorney General or Minister of Finance will now bring a bill that will provide the collection of e-levy.”
“We still have the opportunity to vote against the E-levy,” he stated.
To him, the government has not been transparent with the loans taken ever since it assumed power in 2017 and pledged the NDC will hold “the elephant accountable” at all times.
“You want to tax people more; even those who are dying you want to tax them more,” Asiedu Nketiah jibed.