The Minority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu and two NDC members of Parliament have asked the Supreme Court to restrict the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA) from implementing the controversial electronic transaction levy on May 1.
Mahama Ayariga, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and the Minority Leader have sued the Attorney General arguing that Parliament was not having the required numbers of at least half of its members when the bill was passed.
“That since the constitutional validity of the passage of the Electronic Transfer Levy Act, 2022(Act 1075) is the gravamen of our claim before the Honourable Court, it is proper, just, and equitable that the Government of Ghana through the GRA or its officers and agents are restrained from commencing with the implementation of the Levy until the determination of the substantive suit before the Honourable Court,” documents filed on behalf of the three legislators say.
Private legal practitioner Godwin Tameklo who filed the documents on behalf of the MPs, says a failure to restrain the GRA would create a situation of possible irreparable harm to taxpayers.
“That unless the Ghana Revenue Authority is restrained, irreparable harm would be occasioned to the Plaintiffs and also to millions of citizens of Ghana and all other persons in Ghana on the basis that if the Court nullifies the passage of the Electronic Transfer Levy Act, 2022(Act 1075), the government would not be in the position to reimburse all the monies paid by the millions of citizens of Ghana and all other persons.
“This will lead to the unfortunate situation of government unjustly enriching itself based on illegality at the expense of the citizens of Ghana and all other persons in Ghana,” he said.