Isaac Adongo
November 17, 2021

As government introduces electronic levy tax in the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy as presented by sector Minister Ken Ofori Atta, Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Isaac Adongo said if Ghanaians spend their money electronically, Dr. Mahamoud Bawumia would be there to take his share.

According to him it would be double taxation because as Ghanaians pay tax on their income, they have to pay another tax on money they want to send to their parents electronically unless they go to the bank physically to withdraw the money.

“I cannot imagine this level of insensitivity, and we are doing this at a time that we are saying COVID has affected our people. You recounted when the Vice President said when the economy is not performing and you decide to raise money by imposing taxes you would go into a downward cyclical and we were growing our economy during our time at 3.4, and you said the same thing about us; now you are growing at 0.4. These people, any time NPP is bringing a bitter pill for you to swallow they find sweetener”.

In his engagement with the media just after the finance minister had presented his budget, he recounted that just after Nana Akufo-Addo led government came into power in 2017, they said they were moving away from taxation to production.

“In this budget, we have seen nineteen (19) taxes. They further said good work budget, we rather saw unemployed Ghanaians; they said year of roads, we witnessed only two billion cedis devoted to roads”.

In a related development John Abdulai Jinapor on his part pointed out that, road tolls have been abolished but what government has not told Ghanaians is that they would go to the DVLA to pay same amount they were paying as road taxes.

“We would do whatever it is to ensure that the impoverished Ghanaians, who are suffering under excruciating inflation would not be affected, we would do everything possible to ensure that happens”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/