The passage of some financial bills by Parliament on Friday, March 31 has sparked agitaions.
The Excise Duty Amendment Bill 2022, the Growth and Sustainability Levy Bill, 2022, the Ghana Revenue Authority Bill 2022 and the Income Tax Amendment Bill 2022 seek to raise about 4 billion Ghana Cedis in domestic revenue.
Government has justified the passage of the bills to speed up the IMF board approval for a 3billion dollar bailout.
However, an old post by the current Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has been digged out criticising the Mahama administration for introducing more taxes.
In a July 17, 2014 tweet, Mr. Nkrumah claimed that the numerous taxation amounts to squeezing the struggling citizens for more cash.
“What govt needs to do is to be bold to cut costs. Not squeeze the dying for more taxes. 2much waste even. Shocked,” he tweeted.
Citing this, Miss Bawa Mogtari, a Special Aide to ex-President Mahama asserted that while Ghanaians are already suffering, government continues to squeeze more taxes from them.
She said in a tweet on Saturday, April 1 that “My Brother I hope you are even more shocked at how low the govt in which you serve as Information Minister has sunk, now you are literally squeezing the ‘dead’, for more taxes! such recklessness! I am gobsmacked.”