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E-levy: Govt distributing poverty – Yen Nyeya

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A member of the Social Justice Movement (SJM), Yen Nyeya while agreeing that taxes are needed for development also opined that burdening taxpayers with taxes is a sure way of distributing poverty.

He said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.

Mr Nyeya said, “you tax people based on what they earn. If you tax people so much, what you are really doing is sharing poverty. Because first of all, we [the citizens] do not have [money]. You have Ghc1,000 and it goes through the transactions and it gets finished. That is sharing poverty. I am not against taxes.”

Mr Nyeya argued that the E-levy would reverse the majority of the gains made in digitalising the Economy.

Meanwhile, speaking on the same platform, Stanley Abopam, a Social Commentator has explained that while he understood the government’s initial position of deriving some monies from the ballooning digital transaction systems, the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-levy), as introduced by the government in its current way and form is an aberration and the government’s attempting at plain extortion.

In a related development, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has explained why the implementation of the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy) on May 1, did not pan out as expected.

On Sunday, some mobile money users who tried using the platform realized that they were being charged the E-levy on transfers even below the stipulated baseline of GH¢100.

Speaking on JoyNews’ AM Show on Monday, the Head of Project Management at GRA revealed that the challenge faced yesterday was as a result of the lack of a connected platform that would host the various charging entities.

Mr Isaac Kobina Amoako noted that currently, the charging entities; Telcos, Banks, Payment Service Providers (PSPs) and Specialized deposits.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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