Member of Parliament for Tamale South Constituency, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has argued that the decision by the government to increase taxes in the 2021 budget as a means of mobilising more revenue to support national development will only subject Ghanaians to more hardships.
According to Haruna Iddrisu, the introduction of taxes such as COVID-19 health levy, road toll increases, gaming tax, sanitation and pollution levy as well as one per cent upward adjustments in the value-added tax (VAT) flat rate and the energy sector levy act (ESLA) would only worsen the plight of the people.
“Ghanaians will just have to brace up for increased hardships and increase suffering with this ‘blame and profit from the pandemic budget,” he stated, when he seconded the motion for the budget estimates to be approved.
“It means that we will see some hikes in petroleum prices with the new taxes that have been introduced.
Speaking on the labour force community, the astute politician indicated that civil servants will be disappointed considering the fact that there wasn’t concluded negotiations on the national minimum public-sector wage.
“The workers of Ghana will be the most disappointed since this is the first time since 2014 that a budget and policy has been presented to Parliament without concluded negotiations on national minimum public sector wage,” Mr Iddrisu said.
“Besides, all the gains that have been announced and the new taxes are likely to be eroded away with compensation,” he stated.