The Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Protection Agency, Mr Kofi Kapito has described Government attempts to increase the communication tax as a ‘Lazy approach’.
According to him, the Government could have used other means to generate revenue instead of adding increment in communication service tax.
The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori Atta, presenting the 2019 budget in Parliament on Monday, indicated that the communication service tax had been increased from six percent to nine percent.
According to Mr Kapito “It is a sad day for consumers in Ghana, especially consumers of telecommunications and consumers that are impacted with the new levy. We are talking about expanding the digital age, so it should be affordable rather than being expensive, he said.
He said, “Last year, it came out that in terms of data, Ghana stands out as one of the most expensive data countries in the world so how are we going to catch up with the rest of the world? I think that it is a lazy man’s approach. There are so many ways the Government can maximize taxes to increase revenue”.
Story By: Jennifer Ansah