The minority leader in parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has stated that he and is outfit, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus are not averse to the e-levy introduced by Government in the 2022 Budget statement and Economic policy document, and are willing to reason with the majority if the rate of the e-levy is reduced further from the proposed 1.5% to 1%.
The minority were previously kicking against the introduction of the e-levy, wanting it scrubbed out of the budget proposal completely, but according to Haruna Iddrisu upon careful reasoning and dialogue with the majority he has seen the importance of the e-levy to executing developmental projects but insist the rate should be reduced.
Speaking at the 10th Anniversary launch of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications in Accra on Thursday, the lawmaker and leader of the minority said he and his group are willing to meet Government in the middle if the e-levy is reduced from its original 1.75% to 1%.
“A week ago, it was no no no, we won’t accept e-levy but having listened to officials in government, including the Minister of Finance, I am convinced to accept a departure from my original “no” to accepting a one percent e-levy,” Iddrisu said at the launch.
“We are not against it but we want it fixed at one percent. We fear for double taxation because we already have the communication services tax,” he said.