Former President John Dramani Mahama, has accused the Akufo-Addo government of chocking Ghanaians with taxes, despite promising to move the economy from taxation to production.
“You have to put in measures to enable businesses flourish. If businesses flourish and you come to collect tax from them, they will pay because they have enough money. But now that you have let the businesses down, is this the time to burden them with tax?”
The former President, said this when he addressed separate meetings with delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Ejisu and Subin, as part of his campaign tour of the Ashanti Region.
“What they [government] have to do is to put in measures so that economic activities can start again. There is no economic activity in this country, consumption has gone down, nobody is buying anything. So this is not the time to harass people with taxes,” he added.
John Mahama said what the Finance Minister must do “is to stimulate the economy so that money can start circulating in the economy again.”
To him, when money is circulating in the economy government can then “come and collect taxes.”
“You said you were moving from taxation to production, but now it is from taxation to taxation,” former President John Mahama added.
Mahama’s comments, came ahead of the 2019 budget presentation in Parliament by the Finance Minister yesterday.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), prior to the 2016 elections, chastised the then NDC government, accusing them of slapping Ghanaians with “nuisance” taxes.
Although, the NPP government, reduced some of the nuisance taxes and reviewed others when it came to power, it subsequently introduced new taxes.