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[Video] I don’t support E-Levy; it’s double taxation – NPP’s Amoako Baah

A renowned member of the NPP, Dr. Richard Amoako Baah has raised concerns about the passage of the controversial E-levy.

“I have already said I do not support the E-levy. Not that I don’t support the government widening the tax net. The government must not force it on the people,” the Political Scientist told Prince Minkah in Akan on Dwaboase on TV XYZ.

“E levy isn’t a fair policy. That is double taxation…The truth is that the E-levy isn’t about accruing revenue but it is about using it as collateral for huge loans,” he added.

His alternative is that the government extends the tax net by slightly adjusting the taxes in goods and services and not necessarily taxing electronic transactions.

The Government is seeking to slap a tax of  1.75 percent on e-transactions. Following a brawl in Parliament, the government reviewed the rate to 1.5 percent but the levy is still facing resistance by a section of the Ghanaian public and the Minority in Parliament.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has suggested that the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) can only be paid if the e-levy is passed.

Mr. Ofori-Atta had reiterated the need for Ghanaians to support moves by the Akufo-Addo-led government to impose a tax on electronic transactions.

The government has since been on a tour of the country engaging the public in what has been christened ‘Government Townhall Meeting on E-Levy’ aimed at rallying support for the proposed tax policy.

Minority

Meanwhile, the Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has dismissed claims that the manifesto document of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 elections captures E-levy.

He dared persons making such a claim to produce the said page in the document that captures E-levy of 1.75 percent.

The NDC promised ahead of the 2020 elections that it will “work with merchants to encourage their clients to pay for goods and services electronically.”

They promised to “promote digital finance to drive financial inclusion, and financial development,” as well as “work with the various stakeholders in the financial and technology sectors to collaborate and design a resilient financial system through partnerships.”

The NDC also promised to “migrate and enforce all Person-to-Government (P2G) payments into the electronic payment ecosystem, and this will start with migrating all major revenue-generating ventures of Government into e-Payment platforms such as was envisaged under the e-Ghana Project and will be applicable in all sectors – financial and non-financial,” and also “allow each institution to develop its own portal system where Government services by that institution will be conducted and payment made online. For a start, notable Government institutions such as the Passport Office, DVLA, Metropolitan Assemblies, Police Departments, Birth and Death Registry will be migrated.”

They said they will “enact a strict policy on cash-based bank transactions in order to regularise the volume of cash transactions that can be made at banks’ branches and via the ATMs,” and “ensure a strong protection regime by building strong safety measures for victims of fraud in the IT ecosystem.”

But addressing the press in Parliament on Wednesday, February 23, Haruna Iddrisu said “They have also made strenuous and ferocious efforts to say that E-levy is mentioned in NDC’s manifesto. I say authoritatively, Electronic Transaction Levy of 1.75 percent only got introduced in Ghana the first time by Ken Ofori-Atta, nothing more. If you have any page of the NDC’s manifesto where you see electronic transactions or electronic transfer levy of 1.75 percent, share it.”

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

 

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