Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, Member of Parliament for Tema West has charged Ghanaians who are complaining about the new imposed e-levy by government to stop using Mobile Money (MoMo).
According to the Tema West MP, the propanganda against the e-levy for political expediency is nauseating.
Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah speaking in an interview in Parliament on Wednesday December 8 that “No human being or no person likes to pay tax but it is a known fact that taxes are generally appalled by people who are supposed to pay them.
There have been many discussion among Ghanaians about the introduction of the new e-levy as stated in the 2022 Budget, a 1.75% tax on all Mobile Money transactions beginning next year.
Many Ghanaians have complained bitterly about this government initiative to generate a lot income to improve the economic, build infrastructure and create more jobs.
“So, what is happening is quite understandable. But to the extent that it has been used to gain some political points or it is being done for political expediency, for me, is very unfortunate.
“I will tell you something, I have always been saying that the MoMo tax is not a compulsory tax, you only pay when you use it. If you don’t use it you don’t pay so for me, there is no way any other procedure for making payments is going to equal MoMo.
“Right now, what we are saying is the tax is targeted at those who have the ability to pay, not those who are receiving. If you are receiving it is okay to go and negotiate with the person who has gone to the bank to borrow money and be a MoMo agent, pay money out, otherwise keep the money on your phone and you don’t pay any money.
“It is money targeted at those who want to use the service, even if I stand here and tell people that if you like don’t pay or if you like don’t use MoMo, I tell you, using MoMo will be far cheaper. If you think using the MoMo service is difficult or expensive, you try taking your money out there and even see.”