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.