E-Levy: You run and pay your taxes in Europe, why release in Ghana?

Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta

Government holds public meeting on E-Levy

Support E-Levy, Ken Ofori-Atta

Pay taxes on gifts received

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has questioned why some Ghanaians are hesitant to pay taxes but pay their dues promptly when traveling outside the country.

He urged Ghanaians to be honest and pay their taxes and not change their “loyal” behavior of paying taxes in Europe upon their return to Ghana.

The finance minister also pleaded with Ghanaians to pay taxes on all gifts they receive from people.

Responding to questions at a public meeting in Sekondi on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Ken Ofori-Atta said: “If you look in our tax records, there is an exemption known as the ‘gift tax’; which means that when someone gives you a gift, like in Europe where you can’t hide, you pay tax on the gift. As for what you do with the gift, that’s nobody’s business.”

“That’s why I reiterated that money makes for happy projects. When we go to Europe, we run and pay our taxes in peace, but when we arrive in our own country, we want to change our behavior. a truth, we have to be accountable and transparent. We don’t have to change,” Ken Ofori-Atta is quoted as saying by myjoyonline.

He called on Ghanaians to rally their support for the government to adopt the electronic tax.

Despite the controversies surrounding the E-Levy, the government through the Ministry of Information is holding public meetings to discuss the Electronic Transaction Tax (E-Levy).

The exercise is part of a series of engagements aimed at explaining the significance of the E-Levy transaction, as well as gathering feedback and input from relevant stakeholders that will inform the government on the implementation of the levy. .

Mary I. Bruner