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Minority Plans Private Member’s Bill to Eliminate E-levy and Betting Tax

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The Minority in Parliament has announced its plan to introduce a private member’s bill aimed at repealing the E-levy, emissions tax, and betting tax. This move follows a recent proposal by the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who promised to abolish these taxes if elected in the 2024 polls.

Addressing the contentious issues of the e-levy, emissions tax, and betting tax through legislative action is the goal of the Minority. The private member’s bill aims to prompt the government to reconsider these taxes, which are viewed as burdensome. During his closing remarks on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in Parliament on Monday, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, highlighted that these taxes were placing a heavy burden on businesses in the country.

Dr. Forson expressed optimism that the Majority side of the House, which supported Dr. Bawumia’s proposal to remove the e-levy, would also back this bill.

He stated, “The unemployment situation in our country is reaching a critical point. Mr. Speaker, the high cost of living has become a nightmare for many people. This has worsened significantly during the depreciation of our currency, particularly food inflation.

“Regrettably, a recent World Bank report on food security released on November 13, 2023, listed Ghana among the top five countries in the world with the highest food inflation. Many families in Ghana today struggle to put food on the table.”