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E-Levy: Keep your money on your phone if you can’t pay – Carlos Ahenkorah says

The Member of Parliament for Tema West has said the Electronic transaction levy (E-levy) is not compulsory and that people who do not want to pay the levy should not transfer money via mobile money.

Carlos Ahenkorah said once an individual decides to use the mobile money platform to send money to a business partner, pay for services, remit money home among others, he or she must pay the E-levy.

He was reacting to mounting pressure on the government to abort its plan to introduce a 1.75% E-levy on all electronic transactions.

“I have always been saying that the momo tax is not a compulsory tax. You only pay when you use it, when you don’t use it, you don’t pay,” he said.

“If you think it is expensive, there is no other procedure for making payments that will be equal to MoMo.,” he continued.

According to Ahenkorah, the E-levy is targeted at people and business who have the ability to pay and not those receiving.

“So what we are saying is that the tax is targeted at those who have the ability to pay not those who are receiving.”

Meanwhile, the minority in parliament has maintained that it will not accept the introduction of the E-levy and vowed to vote against it in the appropriation bill.

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Carlos Ahenkorah Tema West

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