Government schedules E-levy town hall meeting for Thursday

Government schedules E-levy town hall meeting for Thursday

The government quest to sensitize the public on the Electronic Transaction levy is on as a town hall meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 27th 2022 in that regard.

This is to further strengthen the government’s series of engagements aimed at making the citizens see the essence of the e-levy as well as solicit the views of relevant stakeholders on the levy.

The E-levy is a new form of tax the government introduced in the 2022 Budget on basic transactions related to digital payments and electronic platform transactions.

This tax includes a charge of 1.75% that will apply to electronic transactions that are more than GH¢100 on a daily basis.

The 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 scheduled to feature in the town hall meeting.

Some sector-specific Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other relevant industry stakeholders are scheduled to make an appearance at the forum

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

The planned town meeting was announced by Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta 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 | Twitter @activetvgh

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