While other countries are giving Covid tax reliefs, Ghana is imposing a Covid relief tax – Braimah
The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Sulemana Braimah, has noted that while other countries are giving Covid Tax Reliefs to enable their citizens cope with the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, Ghana is rather imposing a Covid Relief Tax on its people.
In a tweet, Mr Braimah said “While other countries are giving Covid Tax Reliefs, Ghana is imposing a Covid Relief Tax.”
He added “Instead of reducing corruption, you are imposing more taxes on the people and fighting out those who fight to protect the public purse. Just 10% corruption reduction will be fine.”
Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has asked the government not to tax the people of this country in this difficult period of the coronavirus pandemic.
His comment comes after the government is proposing in the 2021 budget statement the introduction of a Covid-19 Health Levy of a one percentage point increase in the National Health Insurance Levy and a one percentage point increase in the VAT Flat Rate to support expenditures related to Covid-19.
“To provide the requisite resources to address these challenges and fund these activities, government is proposing the introduction of a Covid-19 Health Levy of a one percentage point increase in the National Health Insurance Levy and a one percentage point increase in the VAT Flat Rate to support expenditures related to Covid-19,” the budget said.
But in a tweet, Mr Ablakwa said “Don’t squeeze out additional taxes from the people in these tough times only to fund government propaganda as a flagship programme.”
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Sekondi Andrew Egyapa Mercer has said the new taxes introduced in the 20201 budget are targeted at solving specific problems.
He said the problems facing the country at the moment do not permit the government to borrow rather introduced taxes to deal with the specific challenges.
His comments come after Lawmaker for Tamale North, Alhasan Suhuyini has said the 2021 budget statement presented by leader of government business Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu will worsen the condition of businesses in the country.
He said at a time Ghanaians and businesses are dealing with the negative impact of the coronavirus, the government has introduced taxes to, in his view, worsen their plight.
“The government introduced burdensome taxes on some companies already overburdened by COVID,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday March 13.
He added “There is the tax on sanitation that we are going to deal with. There is also the Covid levy for us to pay.
“How much more can one be insensitive? As a people we have already paid for Covid by the loved ones lost and by businesses that have been lost.”
But Mr Mercer said on the same show that “The taxes introduced are essentially directed to solve specific problems,” he said.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com