General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has charged the Akufo-Addo government to embark on a wide consultation on the controversial E-Levy.
Speaking on Dwaboase on TV XYZ and Power FM, the NDC Chief Scribe described the tax as regressive since it would affect businesses negatively.
Parliament is set to debate the controversial tax policy this week after a the Majority failed to push the bill through on Friday.
The Electronic Transactions Levy Bill, 2021 seeks to impose a 1.75% levy on transactions, including Mobile money transfers done between accounts on the same Electronic Money Issuers (EMI).
Also, mobile money transfers from accounts on one EMI to a recipient on another EMI, Transfers from bank accounts to mobile money accounts (either directly, GIP debit, bank cards or another scheme), Transfers from mobile money accounts to bank accounts (either directly, GIP debit, bank cards or another scheme) and Bank transfers originating from a bank account belonging to an individual attract the levy.
Most Ghanaians have kicked against the tax, citing job losses and reduction in the use of digital platforms to transact businesses.
Asiedu Nketiah believes some MPs in the Majority side do not like the implementation of the tax but cannot speak about it for fear of victimisation.
He told Dwaboase host Prince Minkah on TV XYZ Tuesday that, “they [the NPP MPs] know the e-levy won’t help but they are not bold to speak out about it.”
“I would extremely happy if any of them is able to speak publicly against it,” he added.
To him, the government should know by now that the masses are against the E-levy and drop it and find alternative ways to get revenue in the sector for development projects.
“The government is not taxing any value addition. It is the mobile network operators that are creating value and charging Ghanaians for the serviced rendered. So why won’t the government tax their profits,” Asiedu Nketiah quizzed.
“The fake GDP figures that was cooked by Ken Ofori-Atta is why the country is in difficulty,” he added.
Asked about his confidence in the minority side as Parliament is set to debate on it, Asiedu Nketiah observed that the NDC MPs are ready to fight for the interest of Ghanaians.
“I am confident in the minority in Parliament because they have resolved to stand by Ghanaians. I don’t believe that with the assurances they have given the party, any of them will allow himself or herself to be compromised.”.