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Ghana: E-Levy Will Be a Very Influential Tax Handle – Dr John Kumah


Deputy Finance Minister, Dr John Kumah, says he is very happy Ghana succeeded in passing the E-levy.

According to him, in the not-so-distant future, the e-levy would become a very important tax handle for the country.

He said this was due to the rapid digitalisation of the economy and the gradual acceptance of the tax handle by Ghanaians going forward.

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express Business Edition on Friday, he expressed optimism that when the e-levy finally becomes viewed as a normal feature of the digital economy, the country would begin to reap the reward.

“I am still very happy that Ghana managed to pass the e-levy. It’s going to be a very influential tax handle for our country going into the future. Because whether you like it or not the normal economy as we know it is shifting into digitalisation, and obviously in future things will normalise,” he said.

He said “We saw the huge resistance to the e-levy and its impact in its implementation, but if you observe the data from June, a month after it started picking up by 8 per cent, the following month it’s going up by 10 per cent and gradually people will come home to accept it and I believe we will see the impact.”

The passage of the e-levy had faced stiff resistance from Minority Members of Parliament and the general public who had described the tax measure as an “insensitive” tax measure considering the fact that it was introduced during an economic downturn following the COVID-19 pandemic.