The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described former President John Dramani Mahama’s promise to repeal the E-levy if the NDC wins the 2024 election as a “scam”.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, 4 May 2022, Yaw Buaben Asamoah, the Director of Communications for the NPP reminded Ghanaians that just like the talk-tax, the NDC failed to repeal it as promised when it they won power.
He said the NDC has plans to impose a uniform tax on all electronic transactions in the country.
“Look at the claim to repeal E-levy, it is a scam. Just like one-time premium and repeal of talk-tax, it is a scam. In any event, can John Mahama explain the difference between his 17.5% tax on financial transactions and his manifesto pledge to impose a uniform tax on all electronic transactions? Are these measures also E-levy in disguise and does he stand by them?” Mr. Buabeng Asamoah asked.
Speaking at an event in Accra, on Monday, 1 May 2022, dubbed: “Ghana at a crossroads,” Mr Mahama said the opposition NDC is not opposed to taxation, however, the party is against taxes that burden the Ghanaian people.
The former President said: “We in the NDC do not oppose taxation as a principle. We will not be pretentious and couch fanciful slogans to condemn the principle of taxation like the NPP did in the past.
“We are, however, implacably opposed to distortionary and burdensome taxes like the e-levy that only force Ghanaians to endure more suffering.”
He added: “A new National Democratic Congress Government, God willing and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana – in 2025 – will repeal the E-Levy Act.”
The NPP, however, said the NDC is only throwing dust into the eyes of Ghanaians insisting that the opposition party will maintain the e-levy should they win power.