Ghanaian actor cum politician, John Dumelo has said that he sees no fault with the introduction of the electronic transaction levy.
Speaking in an interview on Accra-based YFM, the outspoken politician said citizens are supposed to pay taxes and he’s not against the much-hated e-levy.
He is however against the 1.5% rate which the government has decided to charge.
According to him, the 1.5% rate needs to be revised and it must be done in consultation with all stakeholders.
The introduction of e-levy was announced by Minister of finance Ken Offei-Atta while reading the 2022 budget statement.
Explaining the government’s decision, the Finance Minister revealed that the total digital transactions for 2020 were estimated to be over ¢500 billion (about $81 billion) compared to ¢78 billion ($12.5 billion) in 2016. Thus, the need to widen the tax net to include the informal sector.
Although the government has argued that it is an innovative way to generate revenue, scores of citizens and stakeholders have expressed varied sentiments on its appropriateness with many standing firmly against it.
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