Celebrities continue to express resentment at the implementation of the controversial Electronic Transactions Levy tax (E-Levy) with one of the latest being Jessica Opare-Saforo, a former broadcaster and YouTuber.
In a tweet sighted, Jessica Opare-Saforo could not believe she had to pay GHC13.50 for a GHC500 transaction.
“Sent 500ghc using my bank app to someone this morning. I was charged Ghc 13.50 for the transaction. WTF! Hmmm,” her tweet read.
She said: “Bought electricity yesterday and went through the same, paid Gh 7 to the platform charge ( using the app) and GH 9 in Elevy. Then a deduction of GH 7 for the electrify I paid for. So GH 23 for getting light. It might not be anything to some, but ALOT to me.”
Earlier, actress Yvonne Nelson expressed concern over the implementation of the E-Levy. She mentioned that the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo “lured Ghanaians” with “big English” during the election campaign and appears to have failed voters who had the conviction that he was very much concerned about addressing the plights of the ordinary Ghanaian and making life better.
The government of Ghana on May 1, rolled out the E-Levy policy which was passed in Parliament on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, amidst the Minority walkout from the chamber.
Amidst opposition from different quarters, the government argued that the implementation of the 1.5% value tax on all electronic transactions above 100 Ghana cedi is to enhance domestic tax mobilization and expand the tax base as well as to provide an opportunity for everyone to contribute toward national development.