Carlos Ahenkorah, the Chairman of Parliament’s Trade and Industry Committee, has urged Ghanaians who do not wish to pay the 1.75 percent e-levy to avoid using electronic transaction services.
Mr. Ahenkorah maintains that the fee is voluntary and that those who do not choose to pay are free to avoid platforms that require payment of the levy.
“I have always been saying that the momo tax is not a compulsory tax. You only pay when you use it, when you don’t use it, you don’t pay. If you think it is expensive, there is no other procedure for making payments that will be equal to MoMo. So what we are saying is that the tax is targeted at those who have the ability to pay not those who are receiving’’, he said
The Tema West MP went on to say that “So if you are receiving it is okay to go and negotiate with the person who has gone to the bank to borrow money to be a MoMo agent to pay money out. Otherwise, keep the money on your phone, and you don’t owe anyone any money.”
One of the major concerns in the 2022 budget announcement has been the imposition of the e-levy.
Many Ghanaians have urged the government to rethink its decision. They argue that the levy is retaliatory.
The Minority Caucus in Parliament, for example, has stated unequivocally that it will oppose the e-levy in its entirety.
It stated that it will fight the levy in any form since it will cause greater hardship for Ghanaians.
Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, claimed the levy will disrupt Ghana’s efforts to create a digital economy while delivering a submission on the floor of parliament on Tuesday, December 6, 2021, in response to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s recent announcement of concessions on the 2022 budget.
“It is true that we engaged. We were part of the engagement, but at that engagement, regrettably and unfortunately, on the matter of e-levy we could not have agreement and consensus.”
“We believe that the e-levy is punitive, and will undermine our quest to grow a digital economy in seeking to tax transactions.”
However, the Tema West MP in an interview justified the introduction of the levy.
According to him, paying the tax is not compulsory, and so anyone who does not want to pay shouldn’t use the MoMo service.
Source: Opemsuo.com/ Emmanuel Owusu Anti