E-levy was not necessary in the first place – Tamale Central MP

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The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, has commented that the e-levy policy was not necessary, due to the fact that the tax regime has become a burden on the poor.

He argued that most Ghanaians were not in support of the e-levy policy, therefore the government should have listened to them when they going through the processes for its implementation.

“Those who rejected the e-levy were considering the burden of such tax regime on the poor,” he said on TV3’s Big Issue show, monitored by Angelonline.com.gh.

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Mr. Ibrahim Murtala was reacting to the 2023 budget statement read by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, specifically on the reduction of the electronic transaction levy rate from 1.5% to 1%.

The Finance Minister said, “Mr. Speaker, we will undertake the following actions, initiatives, and interventions under the seven-point agenda. To aggressively mobilize domestic revenue, we will among others; Increase the VAT rate by 2.5% to directly support our roads and digitalization agenda; Fast-track the implementation of the Unified property Rate Platform programme in 2023; and Review the E-Levy Act and more specifically reduce the headline rate from 1.5% to one per cent of the transaction value as well as the removal of the daily threshold.”

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