Members of the Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) have assured President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that they will support the e-levy and make it successful.
They described themselves as allies, not oppossers of the policy, when the association paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the seat of government, Jubilee House on Tuesday May 10.
General Secretary of the Association, Evans Otumfou said during the meting with President Akufo-Addo that “Recently, we have witnessed government’s plan to introduce an Electronic Transaction levy which, as an association, we have raised a number of concerns but as we speak now, yesterday, we were in a meeting with the Ministry of Finance, Ghana Revenue Authority and other relevant stakeholders and most of our concerns regarding the electronic transfer levy have ben addressed.
“So we believe that as an association, it is important that as a nation drastic measures are taken in drastic times when the need be.
“The levy has now been passed into law and all citizens must pay. So we are here as allies, not opposing forces. We also commend the government for taking steps to reduce the e-levy from the initial 1.75 per cent to 1.5per cent and the tall list of exemptions provided by the levy.
“We had wished it reduced further for fear of its attendant impact on our business. We appeal to you and the Minister of Finance to expedite actions to look at the challenges that the levy has brought to us as agents in doing our business.
“Such as deductions that are made at the agent’s account in an attempt to put funds from their agents accounts to to their bank accounts for purposes of withdrawals and other ands other agent related activities. Let it be on record that our organization believes in the payment of taxes for the need development and progress and we will not do anything that frustraters the success of the e-levy.”
Meanwhile, MP for South Dayi Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor said E-Levy will be the easiest thing to be repealed when the NDC regains power in 2025.
He said it will be the first thing the NDC will do in January 2025.
According to him, it only takes a bill to Parliament to repeal the E-Levy.
Former Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has promised to stop Ghanaians from paying the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy (E-levy) if his party wins power in 2025.
“A new National Democratic Congress government, God willing, and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana in 2025, will repeal the E-levy Act,” the one-term former President said when he spoke at the NDC’s “Ghana at a crossroads” event held in Accra on Monday, May 2, 2022.
Although Mahama said the NDC is not against the principle of taxation, he said they are, however, opposed to burdensome levies like the E-levy.