Founder of Danquah Institute, Gabby Otchere-Darko has said that Ghanaians are unaware of the projects government is undertaking with taxpayers’ money to better their welfare.
In a tweet on February 11, Mr. Otchere-Darko noted that government has not been transparent enough on how domestic revenue generated is spent in the country.
According to him, citizens want to see “greater transparency in how their taxes are spent. Greater evidence in seeing that, indeed, Government is cutting down spending and reducing waste. More transparency that our revenues are being managed better.”
“We want to see our taxes working for us,” he said.
What Ghanaians want to see is greater transparency in how their taxes are spent. Greater evidence in seeing that, indeed, Government is cutting down spending and reducing waste. More transparency that our revenues are being managed better. We want to see our taxes working for us.— Gabby Otchere-Darko (@GabbyDarko) February 11, 2022
His comments come at a time when the Minority in Parliament and some members of the public have opposed the introduction of the Electronic Transaction Levy (e-Levy) by government.
They have argued that the implementation of the levy will destroy several businesses that thrive on electronic transactions and worsen the plight of Ghanaians. The critics of the levy have also contended that government has not been able to account for taxes that are already being paid.
Government, on the other hand, has said the e-levy will ensure that there is enough revenue to invest in entrepreneurship, youth employment, security, digital and road infrastructure. It has also considered reducing the rate from 1.75% to 1.5%
But the Minority says it wants the government to withdraw the e-levy entirely.
On Thursday, February 10, the Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) hit the streets of Accra to protest the passage of the E-levy Bill.
The group was joined by aged citizens, head porters also known as “Kayayei”, Coalition of Concerned University Students (CoCUS) among others.
Clad in black and red, they marched while holding placards with inscriptions such as “Sika no w) he oo! ak)kora b)ne!” and “E-levy is a no brainer to economic recovery and we insist that Yentua!”
Meanwhile, government is leveraging town hall meetings to educate the populace on the need to support the implementation of the levy.
Through the Information Ministry, government held the third meeting at Tamale in the Northern Region on Thursday.
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