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Ghanaians must be ready to pay more taxes – Deputy Minister-Designate for Finance

Ghanaians must be prepared to pay more taxes…

Ghanaians must be prepared to pay more taxes as the government

seeks to embark on an aggressive domestic revenue mobilization

drive to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on the economy,

the Deputy Minister-designate for Finance, Abena Osei-Asare, has revealed.

According to the Deputy Minister-designate, the government seeks

to introduce several tax policies between 2021 and 2023 aimed at

raising the needed resources to bridge the

deficit created by the impact of COVID-19.

She said the government is aggressively working to increase the

country’s GDP from 13% to 20% by 2023 as being

done by countries within the sub-region.

Speaking at an event organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs,

under the theme ‘Economic Revitalization Amid COVID-19 Pandemic:

The Civil Society Organizations’ Perspective,’ the Deputy-Minister-Designate

said the Interior Minister has been tasked to develop a gaming policy

to raise some revenue from the sector and road tolls are expected

to be increased to embark on road infrastructure development.

She added that the introduction of new taxes in the 2021 budget

and the Ghana.Gov payments platform are also expected to

improve efficiency and revenue mobilization.

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Meanwhile, the Minority has threatened to shoot down attempts

by the government to increase road tolls in the country.

“We agree with the government that we must get more resources to

the road ministry to improve our roads. We’ll support the government in

that endeavor but we shall not support the government to increase

road tolls unless government is able to cap road fund, give all that

money to the road ministry and then we can discuss the gap that will be left.

“Until that time, they cannot get the support from our side of the

House to increase road tolls,” a Minority spokesperson on

Roads and Transport, Kwame Agbodza, told a press conference recently.

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