Following the recent announcement, that Government will be introducing a 1.75% e-levy on mobile money and electronic transactions in the country, there have been hot arguments and debates among Ghanaian. Almost everyone in the country has expressed displeasure towards the levy, which is currently lying before parliament, waiting for approval.
Madam Angela Ofori-Atta, the wife of the Finance Minister (Ken Ofori Atta), in a recent interview, has entreated Ghanaians to bear with government on the introduction of the electronic transaction levy.
Speaking in an interview on JoyNews, Madam Ofori Atta said, “if it’s a tax that allows us to have a better life, or in this case, if it’s a tax that allows us to create jobs for young people, then I think it’s worth it”.
Madam Ofori-Atta added that, she has to pay one third or more of her salary as taxes every month, and that, she know there are many people out there who would like better health care when they go to the hospitals. She said she also know that, there are people who would like a good Ghana and better roads; but are not paying taxes.
She also explained that, Ghana as a country can achieve economic and sustainable growth when its citizens commit themselves to payments of taxes, to help boost the country’s revenue.
Speaking to the host, Maxwell Agbagba, the Minister’s wife again said, “There’s no country that can develop without its citizens contributing, and there are too many people in Ghana not contributing. So I think when we send money to each other to pay for services that are taxed, pretty soon we will figure a way not to pay income tax because that’s the way the world is going”.
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