A former Deputy Finance Minister Cassiel Ato Forson has described as ’empty’ the 2018 budget which was read by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta some minutes ago in Parliament.
According to him, the budget has nothing to offer Ghanaians especially importers and market women.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam constituency discounted the Minister’s claims that there is a turn around of the economy since the Akufo-Addo’s government took over power in January, 2017.
Mr Forson wondered why the government decided to extend temporary taxes instead of removing some sunset clauses in the national stabilisation levy.
Speaking on GHOne TV Mr Forson said ‘if indeed you have turned around the economy, the national fiscal stabilisation levy shouldn’t have been extended, the special import levy shouldn’t have been extended for no reason. We are in this country, our brothers and sisters who are importers are complaining, go to Abossey Okai, spare parts dealers are complaining, our market women are also complaining about duties’.
He said the paperless system at the ports and harbours has changed the valuation of goods and services that are already in the C.S Code saying they have imposed taxes through back doors.
‘I was of the view that government would have given some relief to the ordinary Ghanaians that will grow the economy. Only for them to come and tell us that they are extending stabilisation levy. I am not happy about it, I think its not in a good faith. You have a duty to the people of this country to ensure that anytime you introduce a new tax, that is temporary, you go by it.
‘For us to do a quick U-turn without giving explanation and for us saying that the economy has turned around and for that matter those taxes have now become temporary taxes, I disagree on that,’ he pointed out.