Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has provided a timely ‘apor’ on how Ghanaians can swerve the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy, known widely as e-levy.
Perhaps having realized that most Ghanaians, regardless of their political affiliations are still not happy with the initiative, had said people who wish to transfer ¢200 to another in a day can split it into two days to avoid E-Levy.
He surprisingky made these remarks when he was addressing journalists on Thursday, May 13, 2022.
He said, “We are a country moving really forward…We know our salaries are not that high so truly, most of those that people advocate as regressive taxes are not affected at all…And if you have GH¢200, I am sure you can do it in two days and, therefore, there will be a zero-impact.”
Speaking on the anomalies associated with the roll out of the E-Levy, the finance minister said, “I don’t know of any programme which has technology involved that would not have teething problems.”
Meanwhile, in view of the newly rolled out Electronic Transfer Levy, popularly called e-levy, some unscrupulous people have devised a new strategy to dupe users of the mobile money service especially those on MTN.
For this reason, the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has informed the general public the fraudsters pose as staff of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to steal monies from the mobile money accounts of users.
Recall that the e-levy which is supposed to attract1.5% value tax has been dogged with challenges including the non-application of some exemptions from the tax.
As a result, some persons are taking advantage of the situation to call Mobile Money (MoMo) users under the guise of assisting them to reverse a wrongful deduction and end up withdrawing monies of those who fall prey.
“There is no reversal that starts with the entity calling you. The entities are the ones supposed to do the refunds. anytime someone calls you trying to engage you on reversal of E-levy and that he or she is from Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), just cut the call and report to your entity because GRA does not involve itself with reversals”, says the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Dr. Ken Ashigbey.