‘E-Levy is not bad, but Ghanaians simply don’t want to pay taxes’ – Gabby Otchere Darko

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Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party, says E-Levy is not a terrible tax, but from the look of things, Ghanaians hate anything tax.

In a series of postings on Monday, June 27, the lawyer bemoaned that the E-Levy hasn’t met government expectations since its adoption in May.

According to him, the tax policy has barely generated 10% of the expected income.

In a subsequent tweet, the co-founder of Danquah Institute said that despite the E-Levy not delivering on promised income, it is not a negative tax since Ghanaians do not want to pay taxes.

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If the e-levy isn’t generating the expected income, it’s not a terrible tax. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko tweeted: “Ghanaians don’t want to pay taxes.”

Historically, president Akufo-Addo signed the E-Levy into law in March despite objections from Ghanaians, the Minority in Parliament, civil society groups, and other stakeholders.

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The administration feels the tax move is vital to overcome revenue shortfalls and improve revenue mobilization and economic management, despite criticism that it is regressive and would reverse progress toward a cashless economy.

Parliament approved it in March 2022 after a five-month deadlock. The levy’s estimated 2022 income was reduced from GH6.9 billion to GH4.9 billion.




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