Scrap e-levy; introduce vehicle tax – Prof. Ebo Turkson

Assoiate Professor for Enhancement Economics at the College of Ghana, Professor Ebo Turkson, has referred to as on the government to scrap the e-levy instantly.

According to him, he was astonished the levy even built it into the Finance Minister’s Mid-Calendar year Price range Review.

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Categorical, he mentioned that he has two explanations for the scrapping of the taxes. These involve, the want for telecommunication firms to develop their revenue, and the 2nd is to reintroduce outdated tax regimes that experienced excellent opportunity.

He claimed, “The telcos when they have a fall in the range of customers that use the e-levy, it has implications for their profitability. And if you consider profit from them, company taxes on their gains, that will imply that authorities is even heading to get a lot less taxes from the telcos.

“We must relatively aid the telcos and Ghanaians to make extra use of the electronic know-how and then the telcos the solutions that they supply, permit the telcos do quite nicely, make much more income and then we tax the earnings. We shouldn’t discourage men and women from working with their services because they give a good deal of sources for our economic system as perfectly.”

His second issue was that a vehicle tax should really be introduced.

This tax, related to the scrapped luxury motor vehicle tax, ought to not just concentrate on the rich course but everybody with a car in normal.

According to him, the luxurious vehicle tax failed mainly because rich people today who the tax immediately impacted had been in a position to persuade their mates in authorities to scrap it.

He defined that when the tax influences every person, the resistance to the tax will not be as robust.

“How numerous autos do we have in Ghana? Let us get a determine of 5 million vehicles. If each 12 months, every single car is having to pay 400 cedis as section of the roadworthy… If you do not shell out you do not have highway worthy. It was because it was only a class of individuals who have been paying individuals taxes, who had been influential who acquired that tax to be eliminated.

“That should not have been eradicated. If we’re getting rid of the road tolls and we have to have funds to fund our highway infrastructure just about every motor vehicle in this state in a calendar year when it goes for its road deserving need to spend.”