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The minority caucus in parliament has said it will remain resolute in rejecting government’s proposed 1.75% E-levy in its entirety.

According to the caucus, the proposed E-levy will inflict more hardship on Ghanaians.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, while making a submission on the floor of parliament on Tuesday said the levy will among other things derail Ghana’s efforts to grow digital economy.

The Minority Leader was responding to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta’s recent announcement of concessions on the 2022 budget.

Hon. Haruna Iddrisu added that the minority caucus was engaged by the government but they are still unable to approve the budget with the 1.75 E-levy.

“It is true that we engaged. We were part of the engagement, but at that engagement, regrettably and unfortunately, on the matter of e-levy we could not have agreement and consensus.

“We believe that the e-levy is punitive, and will undermine our quest to grow a digital economy in seeking to tax transactions.” he said.

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, on Monday told journalists that the government will continue with the engagements with stakeholders including the minority in parliament and telcos with the hope of achieving a consensus on the e-levy.

Story: Prince Barak | Justicefmonline | Tamale


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