Opponents of the E-levy are not unpatriotic; rather, they are opposed to excessive spending – Ricketts-Hagan

Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan, Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South, has stated that kicking against the E-levy does not mean that people are unpatriotic.

 

Opponents of the E-levy, he noted on TV3’s Key Points on Saturday, March 26, are opposed to needless government spending.

 

“The notion that opposing the e-levy makes us unpatriotic is false,” the former Deputy Finance Minister stated, adding that “people understand that the government requires taxes to construct infrastructure.” “Wasteful spending is something that people don’t accept.”

 

His remarks came after Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said that the opposition to the E-levy by members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament is scaring away investors.

 

It is also impacting the implementation of government programs, according to Mr Ofori-Atta.

 

On Thursday, March 24, Mr Ofori-Atta announced key economic measures to address the current economic challenges, saying, “Parliament will approve the 2022 budget, appropriation, and expenditure plans, and then turn to vote against one of the key revenue measures that was being introduced, the E-levy.”

 

“The Minority in Parliament’s opposition to the E-levy would have a significant impact on investor confidence and our ability to carry out our programs.”

 

In rejecting the E-levy, the Minority said that the policy proposal in the 2022 budget statement is a deterrent to the growth of the digital sector.

 

The Minority, according to their leader Haruna Iddrisu, will not support it.

 

“Mr Speaker, obviously, we see that the Minister of Finance aims to introduce several measures, including the now commonly declared e-levy or digital levy as some have properly dubbed it,” he stated during a post-budget workshop in Ho on Saturday November 20.

 

Mr. Speaker, our issue is whether the e-levy is and will be a deterrent to the expansion of our country’s digital economy. We believe that the e-levy may act as a deterrent to investment and private sector development in our country. We, the minority, may not be able to or will not support the government’s decision to implement that particular e-levy. We haven’t been able to reach a national consensus on that issue.”

 

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