To this side, Sam Nartey George, Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, has chastised the administration and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
The legislator feels the unpopular electronic levy was hurried into effect, and that the situation would only worsen.
An abysmal illegality of an implementation is what we are witnessing in an attempt to frustrate the injunction case in court. This mess is with onnet transactions oh, wait for the real chaos when the offnet & interoperability start. The worst is yet to come. Pray for Ghana. 🦁🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/r99V9CLbH4
— Sam 'Dzata' George (@samgeorgegh) May 1, 2022
The E-levy deductions began today, May 1, 2022, with a 1.5 percent tax on transactions over GHc100 between different mobile money or bank accounts.
Sam George accused the government of rushing to implement the E-levy in order to thwart the injunction case in court in a Facebook post.
Read the whole of Sam George’s piece here:
Have you observed the numerous complaints and messes that have arisen as a result of your deployment of the unpleasant e-Levy? Is this the finest May Day present you can deliver on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the hardworking Ghanaians?
My colleague, the Honourable John Ampontuah Kumah, Deputy Minister for Finance, should lower his head in shame for calling me a liar for claiming that the system’s setup was defective and that the GRA and Ministry were not ready.
Because of the nature of the implementation, I assured the nation that even GH50 transactions will be charged the 1.5 percent e-Levy. I also stated that the reversal APIs had not been built and deployed, thus there is no recourse if someone are wrongfully charged. Here we are!
In an attempt to thwart the injunction case in court, we are seeing dismal illegality of implementation. This is the state of on-net transactions; wait till they try to implement an off-net and interoperable platform. The worst hasn’t even begun. Please pray for Ghana.