There’ll be hardship in Ghana without E-levy — Supreme Court

In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court’s panel of seven judges, chaired by Justice Nene Amegatcher, stated that if the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) is injuncted, Ghanaians will face “increased hardship.”

The court, in a majority decision, stated that the application would cause greater hardship to the general public if approved, and thus dismissed the application.

The Court dismissed the application stating that, should the substantive case be heard and ruled unconstitutional, the GRA should keep an accurate record for reimbursement.

The injunction writ was filed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, together with Mahama Ayariga and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, challenging the approval of the E-levy bill by Parliament.

The application further avers that unless the GRA is restrained, a subsequent nullification of the passage of the E-Levy Act cannot restore the status quo, and would lead to a multiplicity of suits by millions of Ghanaians to retrieve monies they may have paid as E-levy.

Parliament on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, passed the 1.5% levy on electronic transactions, with the minority walking out of Parliament in protest of the passage.

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