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Ghana: Taxes on locally produced sanitary pads, other items removed

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Taxes on locally produced sanitary pads have been removed paving the way for reduced cost of the pads and fulfilling the dream of the Association of Ghana Industry (AGI) who called for its removal together with other stakeholders

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta mentioned the removal of taxes on sanitary pad during the 2024 budget presentation in parliament. He noted that it is part of the fiscal policy measures by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration to ease the economic difficulties for Ghanaians.

“Mr Speaker, further to the above, the following reliefs have been prioritized for implementation including Zero rate VAT on locally produced sanitary pads,” he stated.

He added that the government has extended a zero rate of VAT on locally manufactured African prints for two (2) more years; waive import duties on the import of electric vehicles for public transportation for 8 years and waive import duties on semi-knocked down and completely knocked down electric vehicles imported by registered EV assembly companies in Ghana for eight years.

“We are extending the zero rate of VAT on locally assembled vehicles for 2 more years, and grant exemptions on the importation of agricultural machinery equipment and inputs and medical consumables, raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry,” he stated.

Also a VAT  flat rate of 5 percent to replace the 15 percent standard VAT rate on all commercial properties will be introduced to simplify administration.

Reporter: Jessica Okai

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