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What could be a more nuisance tax than E-Levy? – UCC lecturer tells Akufo-Addo

A political science analyst and lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Jonathan Asante Otchere has questioned the ruling government on its reasons for describing some taxes as nuisance.

Speaking on Dwaboase on TV XYZ Wednesday morning, he emphasized that the E-Levy is a tax that will cause more damage to the already impoverished in the society.

He noted that the tax was regressive and lack the capacity to add up to the development of country.

He called out the government for describing and expunging some taxes claiming they were nuisance.

“The momo tax has all the attributes of a nuisance tax, so why introduce a tax you campaigned against,” he lamented.

The analyst stressed that the E-Levy will reduce the number of momo merchants, the amount of money invested in the momo business and finally the patronage of the momo services.

He is of the view that giant businesses and customers of big online businesses are supposed to be the targets, but as disparate as the government is because it has borrowed itself into a hole, they find the E-Levy to be the solution.

Asked by the host Kwame Minkah if the E-Levy will be a factor Ghanaians will consider prior to 2024 general elections, he responded in the affirmative.

“Certainly it will be considered because it is a regressive tax and has an effect on Ghanaians. Most of the poor don’t have bank accounts and momo has become so inclusive,” he argued.

Issues

Asante Otchere’s comment comes on the back of a Supreme Court ruling that dismissed an application for an injunction to placed on the implementation of the Electronic Transactions Levy (e-levy).

The Apex court unanimously threw the case away in a 7-0 verdict.

The Case

Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Idrissu, and two NDC MPs had gone to the court  to restrain the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) from implementing the Levy.

Together with Mahama Ayariga and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MPs sued the Attorney-General arguing that Parliament did not have the required number of at least half of its members present when the controversial tax policy was approved.

By Agaatorne Douglas Asaah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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