There is unison among Ghanaians that, times are really hard. A combination of factors makesthis trite opinion possible. They include but not limited to the impact of Covid-19, the increasing and intractable unemployment situation that confronts the nation, corruption, mismanagement, opulence on the part of our leaders etc.
As the year draws to an end and with the coming into effect of the budget for 2022, the coming year may pose even more challenging.
The government, has already estimated to raise around 7 billion Ghana Cedis from the E-Levy. These are monies in the wallet of Ghanaians who are rational human beings.
In 2018, government introduced the Luxury Vehicle Levy to impose an annual levy on vehicles with high engine capacities.Vehicles with engine capacity of 2950 to 3549 Cubic Centimetres were required to pay GH¢1,000, while those with engines between 3,550 to 4049 cubic centimetres pay GH¢1,500 to renew their roadworthy certificates annually.
Government had to beat a retreat a year later, because the tax failed to meet the target set. It is the same approach with the E-Levy, despite the calls for government to look elsewhere, it is still hell bent on going ahead with it.
They should not be deceived that, even if members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) decided not patronize mobile money, members of the governing will do, as we said earlier customers are rational actors.
We admit that the government needs to shore up its revenue base. This newspaper, however, frowns at the idea of burdening the masses who are groaning under excruciating economic conditions with more taxes.
In the considered opinion of this newspaper, leakages have contributed significantly to the low revenue base of the country.
Instead of putting more burden on the already stressed citizenry, the government should find ways of blocking leakages and corruption.
The tax authorities should also look for other creative ways of improving revenue other than the dilatory approach of increasing or adding more taxes.
It is from this perspective that we call on the government to shelve the idea of the MoMo levy, till the time the economy improves significantly.