The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has stated categorically that he will abolish the tax on electronic financial transactions, e-levy, if elected President of Ghana.
The controversial tax was introduced in 2022, and before the introduction, Vice President Bawumia had declared his opposition to levies on electronic financial transactions in an interview.
Delivering his first major address to the nation after he was elected NPP flagbearer, during which he gave broad policy outlines of a Bawumia Presidency, Dr Bawumia minced no words in declaring his opposition to taxes on electronic financial transactions, declaring that he would abolish e-levy as President.
Dr Bawumia added that his bid for a Digital and Cashless Ghana will be significantly boosted if e-levy is abolished.
“To move towards a cashless economy, however, we have to encourage the population to use electronic channels of payment. To accomplish this, there will be no taxes on digital payments under my administration. The e-levy will, therefore, be abolished,” he declared.
Dr Bawumia also announced that as part of his government’s new tax regime, he will abolish the emission tax, tax on betting, and the proposed 15% VAT on electricity tariffs, if it exists by January 2025.
He also announced that his government would introduce what he described as a friendly, flat tax regime for Ghana, which will boost individuals and businesses, tiny and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs).
“My administration will introduce a simple, citizen and business-friendly flat tax regime. A flat tax of a % of income for individuals and SMEs, which constitute 98% of all businesses in Ghana, with appropriate exemption thresholds set to protect the poor,” Dr Bawumia indicated.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH