George Mireku Duker, the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has allayed Ghanaians’ anxieties over the controversial e-levy.
He claims that the levy will mostly affect the wealthy in society because they are the ones that use mobile money the most.
The Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, speaking on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo,’ stated the E-levy was neither a punishment nor a tax for the poor, as the NDC has claimed.
He claimed that the poor will be unaffected by the tax, implying that they do not send more than GH100 – the E-levy exemption threshold.
“The E-levy is a tool for development, not a punishment.” As a member of Parliament, I have reviewed the bill and am confident that its implementation would cause no hardship to anyone.” “How many people transact Momo transfers if you talk about abject poverty in my hometown Dompem, where it has rained and removed the roofs of several houses?” Even at Ajumako Essiam, where will they be able to do the MoMo?
“The E-levy is not a tax on the poor, contrary to what the NDC would have us believe. MoMo transfers are only done by the wealthy. He went on to say, “I’m not talking about all of them, but I’m talking about the bulk of them.” “Before you pay money to someone, you must first get money.” The majority of them are well-off. Even if it is the impoverished who contribute money, I doubt it is more than GH100, which was GH1,000 in the former currency.”
“How will the impoverished individual obtain GH100 to send to someone?” Mr. Mireku Duker stressed that if a poor person sends money, it is usually between GH20 and GH50, and that such people are not subject to the E-levy.
Deductions for the recently passed e-levy will begin in May, according to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
Mr. Ofori-Atta told the press during the State of the Nation address in Accra that the Ghana Revenue Authority needs to setup their systems in order for it to take full effect.
“We met with the Controller and Accountant Generals Department (CAGD) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), and they indicated they should be able to put their system together by the beginning of May,” he said.