E-Levy: Town hall meeting to explain new tax policy set for today

E-Levy: Town hall meeting to explain new tax policy set for today

The government as part of efforts to sensitize the journey on the controversial Electronic Transaction levy is set to hold a major town hall meeting today on the E-levy.

This major step is part of a series of engagements the government has planned to explain the essence of the E-levy as well as take responses and inputs from relevant stakeholders on the levy. The government also adds that concerns raised will inform it on the implementation of the levy.

The E-levy which has become quite topical due to its controversial nature is a new tax measure introduced by the government in the 2022 budget on basic transactions related to digital payments and electronic platform transactions.

When passed, a charge of 1.75% will apply to electronic transactions that are more than GH¢100 on a daily basis.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Communication and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin are billed to feature strongly in the town hall meeting

Also, to be in attendance at the forums will be sector-specific Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other relevant industry stakeholders.

The Information Ministry is in charge of the Town Hall Meeting and it will be live on various television networks in the country as well as the Ministry’s social media pages.

Ken Ofori-Atta last week gave hints of the planned town hall meeting during a press conference.

He said the government is convinced about the need for the E-levy and how it encapsulates the idea of burden-sharing for Ghana’s development.

“Beginning on Thursday, a team comprising myself, colleague ministers and other key members of government will embark on a public engagement and sensitisation campaign across the country. We intend to communicate clearly on the proposed mechanics of the e-levy, its potential benefits to the people of Ghana within the spirit of burden-sharing that must guide us in our development efforts as we move Ghana Beyond Aid,” he said.

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh

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