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Withdraw VAT on electricity – TUC tells govt

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has given the government up to January 31st to withdraw the Value Added Tax on electricity consumption.

The labour union said they would advise themselves if the government failed to heed their demand by that deadline.

Secretary-General of TUC, Dr Anthony Yaw Baah said that the VAT on electricity will compound the economic hardships workers and pensioners are saddled with presently.

“It is always the poor, including pensioners who bear the brunt, and we should not allow that to continue. Today organized labour, our message to the government is that we cannot pay VAT on electricity, we will not pay it today, we will not pay it tomorrow.

“Organized labour is therefore demanding the directive from the Minister of Finance to stop the VAT on the consumption of electricity. So we are giving the government up to 31st January 2024  to withdraw the letter. If by that time the directive has not been given to withdraw it we will advise ourselves,” Dr Yaw Baah said at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, January 23.

The Ministry of Finance announced that the implementation of the 15% VAT for residential customers of electricity above the maximum consumption level specified for block charges for lifeline units in line with Section 35 and 37 and the First Schedule (9) of Value Added Tax (VAT) Act, 2013 (ACT 870) has commenced.

“By a copy of this letter GRA is requested to ensure that it liaises with ECG and NEDCO for the transfer of the revenues collected from the implementation of VAT on the subject matter as part of its domestic VAT collections,” it added

Source: 3news

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