Some Ghanaian celebrities have weighed in on the ongoing discussion over the government’s proposal to implement the electronic Levy (E-levy) in the 2022 Budget.
The revelation of this electronic tax has left Ghanaians in a state of confusion about the impact it will have if the Bill is passed.
The E-levy, as an internal revenue policy suggested by the government, is a tax that seeks to impose a 1.75 percent levy on mobile money payments, bank transfers, and other electronic transactions, with the exception of inward remittances, which will be borne by the receiver.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, a Ghanaian musician, believes that the E-Levy is being implemented at an inopportune time. “It’s completely unethical to tax Ghanaians at a time when the unemployment rate is so high.”
“I believe that the E-levy is being imposed on Ghanaians. There’s no way they’re going to come in and tell us it’ll make us GHC 6 billion or more.
Before, you took out billion-dollar loans and promised us that you would build roads, but nothing happened.
“We are not children.”
“People need to pay if they are flexible and working.
There are no jobs, nothing to show for and the little money in my pocket too.
Do you want to take it? People are hungry and hungry men are angry!
In an interview with Joy Prime, he stated.
Lydia Forson, an actress, has a series of posts on the E-Levy.
According to a series of tweets from the actress, if the government implements the proposed charge, the country will revert to a cash economy.
“Last week, I went to the pharmacy.
I took out my phone to transmit the money when it came time to pay.
I had to take a break to inquire about the E-levy.
They declined. Despite this, I chose to pay in cash.
“You guys don’t understand how survival kicks in when you’re up against the wall,” she explained.
In an attempt to respond to a fan’s comments on the E-Levy on social media, Sarkodie believes Ghanaians are repulsed by it because it is utterly bad.
Many people are against the E-Levy, as per the rapper, because inhabitants do not get to enjoy the perks that come with paying taxes, as they do in other countries.
“I pay a lot of taxes outside, and I don’t complain because I’m making money (it’s only right), but it’s not the same here, and that’s why we complain, not because the E-Levy is horrible.”
A innocent good morning can sound like a tease when you’re broke.” He sent out a tweet.
The Dancehall Artiste has urged the government to reconsider the proposed E-levy.
Levy’s In a Facebook live video, he expressed his displeasure.
With the introduction of the Bill, he claims, the country’s officials are being indifferent to Ghanaians’ predicament, despite calls to delay its implementation.
“Right now you people make it look like, if you get the opportunity and get your chance to get to power, you can take any decision you want,” the “Mahama paper” hitmaker stated.
“Without human beings, we must resort to human beings,” Shatta Wale threw in his two cents.
The government has held Town Hall Meetings to highlight the benefits of the E-Levy as part of a broader consultation to gain Ghanaians’ buy-in.