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E-Levy: NDC MP Dares Government To Implement Policy

25th January 2025

The deputy minority leader Hon. James Clutse Avedzi has dared the Government to go ahead with the implementation of the electronic transaction tax if it thinks it has been approved. This cautioned was issued during an interview on TV3 following reports that the bill has been technically approved.

It will be recalled that during a meeting with the majority group ahead of parliament resuming on Tuesday, the leader of the house Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu stated that the controversial E Levy had been technically approved by parliament.

According to the Suame legislator, Parliament has already approved the individual items in the 2022 budget with the E Levy under each of them. In addition, Parliament has approved the appropriation bill unanimously which also factored in the E Levy. He argued that it will be strange for this same Parliament to reject the bill which in his opinion has been approved in three stages.

" On three levels, we have passed the E- Levy. That is because it formed part of the budget. We approved of the budget and by extension of reason, the E- Levy.

Then we came to do allocations to all the sectors fed by receivables from the E- Levy and we approved of them by the entire House, and finally the Appropriations Act, which is why I am saying that I find it extremely difficult for anybody to say, having done or taken these three steps, I am now tracing my steps back to say that I can' t support it. We really need to give it some consideration. I think that the House must pass it. You (referring to the Minority) agreed and approved at that level by voting for them, then the Appropriations Bill which encapsulates all the allocations of revenues and expenditures received unanimous acceptance and approval by the House. That has been done.

Because the E- Levy is not already in place, it was fed into the budget which we have approved, what is left now is to use legal means to introduce the E- Levy Bill, the takings of which have found expressions in the budget approved.

How does anybody then say that I don' t want to approve of the law? That is the difficulty that I have" , the NPP legislator concluded.

But the NDC MP believe it was wrong for the NPP MPs to assume that the E Levy has been approved. He said if that was the case, there wouldn' t be the need to lay a bill in parliament.

The deputy minority leader said the laws of the land do not work that way and advised the majority group to respect that.

Meanwhile, the finance minister has justified the introduction of the electronic transaction tax. In a press conference on Wednesday, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta said the E Levy is one major means of raising revenue to sustain the Economy without borrowing. He therefore urged Ghanaians to support the initiative.

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