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Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, Mame Yaa Aboagye has hit hard at Ghanaians over their unwillingness to pay taxes, yet criticize the government for borrowing.
According to her, the development of the country is proportional to the revenue the government generates for her development.
Mame Yaa Aboagye stresses the need for Ghanaians to pay taxes saying “there’s no country that can develop without its citizens contributing to its national development. We want our roads to be fixed. We want street lights, 24 hours electricity and constant flow of water, yet there are few of us paying tax. I think if there is any way we can contribute our quota to the development of this country, then we should all agree and accept the e-levy tax introduced by the Finance Minister and also press on Parliament to aprrove 2022 budget.”
She also appealed to Parliament to find a way in accepting the budget if development of this country means a lot to them, especially the opposition NDC.
The 1.75% tax on all digital financial transactions, E-levy, is one of the proposals of the government in the 2022 budget presented to Parliament by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta last week.
The tax has since been met with mixed reactions with some Ghanaians kicking against it and stressing it will only place extra burden on their finances.
Delivering the 2022 budget statement and economic policy to Parliament on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Hon. Ofori-Atta said the new levy will compensate for the abolishment of road tolls.
He noted that the government has scrapped the tolls on public roads in the country and explained that the revenue generated from the collection of the tolls is inadequate for the construction and maintenance of roads, hence, the government has to look elsewhere to generate revenues equitably.