June 15, 2024 8:38 am

‘NDC introduced MoMo Tax’ – Deputy Majority Whip

The Second Deputy Majority Chief Whip of Parliament, Alhaji Habib Iddrisu says what Ghanaians now term as “MoMo Tax” is a brainchild of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The Member of Parliament says the Electronic levy captured in the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy is not same as MoMo Tax since the latter has existed since the days of the NDC through its introduction of the Financial Transaction Act.

He was captured by Ghanasonline.com Saturday, December 4, 2021, whilst speaking on TV3’s ‘The Key Points’ with Dzifa Bampoe.

“…I don’t know why people have decided to call the E-Levy MoMo Tax. If we are really talking about MoMo Tax, then the NDC brought the Financial Transaction Act and they brought MoMo Tax if they want to call the E-Levy MoMo Tax because that Act brought the paying of tax on MoMo,” he noted.

He asked Ghanaians to bear with the authorities and pay the tax to help government continue its good works for the citizenry.

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Meanwhile, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, of the University Ghana Political Science Department, intimated on the same show that, government should have factored in some innovation in its E-Levy policy to relieve those already burdened by the tax net.

“If you want to widen the tax net, then you should be innovative in such a way that those of us who have held government and paid for the expenses of Article 71 office holders, you’ll cushion us a little but you wouldn’t impose extra bills on us”

He further averred government’s tussle with the propositions coming in for the levy is because it is coming from the Minority and better means should be devised to dialogue.

“…ISSER, Myself, Peter Quartey, Baah Boateng and other credible voices have spoken about it but once the NDC as opposition spoke about it, it becomes a bit repulsive to the ruling party”

“We are used to the Majority always having its way and so if it is coming from the opposition, it becomes very difficult for them to accept,” Prof. Gyampo expressed.

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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