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Some Ghanaians Vote On The E-Levy: Latest Opinion Poll On The Mobile Money Tax.

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In less than 24 hours, Members of the 8th Parliament of Ghana, will be going back to the floor of Parliament to continue their heated debate on the proposed Electronic Levy (E-levy).

Ghana's Finance Minister-Ken Ofori Atta on 17th November 2021, during the presentation of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government, announced to Parliament, the introduction of an Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) of 1.75%, on electronic transactions above GHC100 (US$16) per day.

According to the Minister, the e-levy was to take effect from 1st February 2022, and that, will be applied to mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances (MoF 2022 Budget Highlights). All charges will be borne by the sender except in the case of inward remittances where the charge will be borne by the recipient.

This proposal by Ken Ofori Attah, was rejected by the Minority Caucus (the opposition National Democratic Congress-NDC), and also led to different reactions from the industry’s stakeholders; whiles some supported the tax introduction as a way to collect public revenues, the majority also rejected it...and criticizing such measure and its negative impact, on digital payments and on the digitization journey that Ghana is currently championing. 

According to the NDC caucus in Parliament, it will kick against the E-levy in any shape or form the Minister presents it...and that the levy, when introduced will inflict more hardship on Ghanaians.

Mobile money services in Ghana has improved the efficiency of transactions, and initiated some changes in traditional banking in the country. As at 2017, Ghana had over 11 million active mobile money accounts, which means the introduction of the Momo tax will surely help government raise more money to help in National development; but the question is...will Ghanaians be willing to pay 1.75% from their money money accounts to support government?

A recent opinion poll has revealed that, a vast majority of Ghanaians have kicked against the introduction of the Electronic Tax popularly called the mobile money tax.

The poll which was conducted by JoyNews, was to find out from Ghanaian, what their views were; or whether they accepts the introduction of the E-levy, also known as the momo tax.

On the JoyNews's official Twitter page...the question was asked: "The E-levy Returns To Parliament Tomorrow Tuesday, 25 January 2022...Do You Support The Passage"?

Here are the responses from some Ghanaians: Out of the total number of 1,171 people, who took part in the JoyNews poll (as at January 24, 20221), 13.79% of people supported the introduction of the E-levy tax, whiles 86.39% kicked against it.

Please be reminded that, these are the views of some Ghanaians… and not the entire nation. 

Please share your views too. What do you also thinks? Do you support the passage of the mobile money tax in Ghana?

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