• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

Minority urges NPP MPs, “We know some of you are opposed the E-levy; come out and be counted.”

Some New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmakers are opposed to the proposed E-levy, according to the Minority in Parliament.

Yapei-Kusawgu While participating to a debate on the E-levy in Parliament on Tuesday March 29, Member of Parliament John Jinapor said he is aware that several NPP MPs are concerned about the suffering the E-levy will bring to their areas, and so do not want the program to be adopted.

“I’m aware that some of you are concerned about the welfare of your people. While opposing the E-levy, he stated, “Be bold and come out to be counted.”

He also charged the Akufo-Addo administration with poor performance, which he claimed is driving the NPP into opposition.

Mr Jinapor claimed that the Akufo-Addo administration’s performance is the lowest of any government in the Fourth Republic.

During the discussion on the E-levy, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah denied claims that it would harm the mobile money (MoMo) industry.

He pointed out that when the Communication Service Tax (CST) was implemented, the same argument was made, claiming that it would kill the telecom industry.

On Tuesday, March 29, the Ofoase Ayirebi lawmaker remarked that, contrary to popular belief, the telecom business has thrived even in the face of taxation.

“Mr Speaker, there has been an allegation made that it will kill the MoMo industry, therefore don’t tax MoMo,” he added.

“The Communications Service Tax was created with the same argument, yet it has never destroyed] the business.” In reality, the business has expanded. Finally, Mr Speaker, the poor have been exempted with the implementation of a threshold that exempts individuals who transfer less than 100 cedis per day from paying the fee.”

Abena Osei-Asare, the Deputy Finance Minister, also argued for the E-levy’s passage in Parliament on Tuesday, March 29.

She promised that the money raised from the E-levy would be utilised to meet Ghanaians’ needs.

She declared on the House floor that the E-levy “is not a MoMo tax; it is an Electronic Transaction Levy.”

This came when Cassiel Ato Forson, a former Deputy Minister of Finance, urged Parliament that the E-levy should not be passed.

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