Political Analyst cum head pastor of Eternal Life Ministry, Apostle Thomas Kusi Appiah has described the new taxation introduced on electronic transactions known as e-levy as a daylight robbery by Government.
He rendered disappointment in the Finance Minister for exhibiting poor economical standards in mapping e-levy as a means of survival of the country. Laying references under former President John Agyekum Kuffuor’s Regime when the country was struggling to move from a Cash Economy to Cashless Economy, Apostle Thomas indicated that, purveyors rejected payments through mobile money from an emptor unlike currently where the embrace of electronic transactions especially the use of mobile money in shops and all kinds of trade is commonly adopted.
He said, the introduction of e-levy is going to crumble the earned embrace of the use of momo in shops and among traders. He further iterated that, in all mobile money commissions, there is an imposed tax. Service Providers pay tax from all commissions made from individuals (1%), thus why should (we) customers that have paid commission to service providers of which the Government collets a tagged tax from the (Service Providers) impose another 1.75 tax from “we” the customers he asked.
He again said, all products sold are already being taxed by the Government, therefore, if an individual decides to use an electronic means to pay for such a product, the Government is taking another 1.75 in addition to the already taxed products on the goods, describing it as robbery from the Government.