Government To Withdraw E-Levy Bill From Parliament And Relay Later
Government through Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta will next week withdraw the controversial E-Levy bill currently before the Parliament. The bill will however be relaid immediately after. This was disclosed by Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin during the presentation of the business statement for the ensuing
week. Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak, however, demanded certainty from the majority and government on the way forward for the bill. According to Asawase MP, government must not rush in returning the bill to parliament under a certificate of urgency but allow the Finance Committee time to embark on the stakeholder consultations. Government has proposed a 1.75% levy
on all electronic transfers to help reduce the country’s debts while enabling it to fund the growing demands of Ghanaians. Even though government has resorted to holding town halls to to educate members of general public on the need to accept the implementation of the E-levy bill meant to widen the government’s tax net, a large section of the public is also still opposed to the controversial levy.