Ghanaians should be ready to pay extra taxes as the authorities seeks to begin an aggressive domestic revenue mobilization drive to reduce the negative effect of corona virus on the economy, the Minister-designate of Finance Abena Osei-Asare has disclosed.
As reported by the deputy Minister-designate, the authorities seeks to start numerous tax policies between 2021 to 2023 aimed at raising the needed resources to bridge the loss created by the effect of corona virus.
Osei-Asare stated the authorities is firmly working to increase the country’s GDP from 13% to 20% by 2023 as being done by countries within the sub-region.
Talking at an occasion organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, below the theme “Economic Revitalization Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: The Civil Society Organizations’ Perspective”,Abena Osei-Asare stated the Interior Minister has been tasked to expand a gaming policy to raise a few revenue from the sector and road tolls are expected to be increased to embark on road infrastructure development.
She added up that the introduction of new taxes in the 2021 budget and the Ghana.Gov payments platform is also expected to enhance efficiency and revenue mobilization.
Meanwhile, the Minority has warned to shoot down attempts by the authorities 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 endeavour 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 Governs Kwame Agbodza told a Press conference recently.