“We can’t develop the nation without taxes” – Deputy finance minister to Ghanaians

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Deputy Minister for Finance, John Kumah has asked Ghanaians to bear with them on the increase in E-levy since the nation can only have meaningful developments through the collection of taxes.

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In a chit-chat with the media at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Headquarters in Accra, John Kumah explained that the new charges on MoMo would not affect receivers but only senders.

“So, the government is pleading with the entire citizenry in the country that we acknowledge the hardship that we are in. We are pleading that Ghanaians would accept the tax which is the E-levy.

“It is only when you send 200ghc you are charged 1.75ghc even your first 100ghc would not be charged, the MoMo levy would apply on your second 100ghc. Secondly, all money from your MoMo account to your bank account would not attract any charges, likewise, when you transfer money from your bank account to your MoMo account you don’t pay any charges,” he explained.

The Deputy Minister also disclosed that other developed nations like the USA and UK would have to take some measures with respect to taxation in order to keep them going.

“Now, I beg to say that it is not with joy that the government imposes tax but the truth of the matter is that there is no nation that can be built without taxes. We need as a citizen and as a nation help to raise resources so that we can spend on the things that we expect the government to do. In building us roads, hospitals, infrastructure and providing jobs for the young people,” he explained.

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