Kofi Bentil, Senior Vice President of IMANI Africa, has indicated that the government’s communication on the implementation of the Electronic Transactions Levy is a betrayal of Ghanaians’ intelligence.
He claims that the reports handed out by the administration and the majority in parliament are contradictory, allowing the minority to passionately oppose the tax’s introduction.
The private legal practitioner described the tax scheme as “unpopular” on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday.
“It’s sometimes fascinating how individuals come in and spin and expect us to believe it, presuming we have no idea what’s going on.”
“First and foremost, when this thing [the E-levy discussion in Parliament] went bad, we came on this show [and] they said they had passed it.”
“They’ve returned to conduct so-called consultations, and in doing so, they’re forming crowds of selected people while excluding others, as if we won’t know, as if we can’t tell.”
“There’s too much spin, and it’s gotten to the point where it’s disrespecting our intelligence,” he complained.
“If they [the Majority] had the numbers, they would be on the floor and pushing this through,” Kofi Bentil remarked. The E-levy is clearly unpopular, and it is providing the NDC with a lot of energy to continue fighting it.”
He believes it will take a great deal for the government to approve the bill, and that “even if they do, they will pay a very heavy price for it.”
“There are actually alternatives to E-levy and solutions to fix the problem,” says the author.
After the finance minister presented the Electronic Transaction Bill in his presentation of the 2022 budget to parliament last year, it drew a lot of criticism from stakeholders and the general public.
According to Ken Ofori-Atta, the 1.75 levy will cover all electronic financial transactions over 100 cedis, including inbound remittances.
Meanwhile, according to the Minister, larger consultations are taking place before the bill is reintroduced to parliament for approval.