The case involving three Minority lawmakers in Ghana’s legislature who sought to restrict the implementation of the electronic transaction levy is scheduled to be heard by the apex court today.
The legislators filed the suit on Tuesday, April 19, after the passage of the controversial bill on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, despite the resistance and walkout by the opposition legislators.
They contend that Parliament did not have the required number of at least half of its members present when the controversial tax policy was approved.
The three MPs, led by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, want the Supreme Court to declare that the said approval was contrary to law.
The two other MPs are Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu and Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga.
The MPs insist that the levy would worsen the plight of Ghanaians in the face of current harsh economic challenges.
The MPs subsequently sought an injunction against the implementation pending its substantive case; however, that did not stop it from seeing the light of day.
As a result, Mr Ablakwa has said they have given express instructions to their lawyers to cite the Attorney General, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), for contempt of court.
Meanwhile, after its implementation on May 1, the new tax policy has faced a lot of criticisms.
The charge applies to electronic transactions that are more than GH¢100 daily.
Some people who undertook mobile money transfers above GH¢100 confirmed the deduction of the 1.5% value tax in addition to the 1% service charge deducted by the sending mobile network operator.