E-levy: Does GRA have platform for reversing wrong deductions? – Legal practitioner asks

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A private legal practitioner Mr Theophilus Dzimegah has questioned whether the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has developed a system to ensure smooth reversal of wrong deductions that are likely to be made in the implementation of the e-levy.

He raised a number of issues against the preparedness of the the GRA to commence deductions.

Speaking on the mid day news on TV3 with Friday April 29, Mr Dzimegah said “The GRA has issued the communique that says that they will be implementing the e-levy on modified phased-approach. To me, that means that they will collect the e-levy in different phases.

“This should signal a number of things. Does it mean that the GRA is not ready to implement the e-levy? Does it mean that there could be double taxation? What happens to the Mobile Money vendors when somebody makes a transfer, 100 cedis and the person is supposed to exempt from the transfer however, the person is charged and the e-levy is deducted. If that is deducted when are they going to reverse the payment? Do we have a platform for reversing payment?”

Meanwhile, the GRA has in its administrative guidelines asked the charging entities to development system to reverse wrong deductions.

The GRA on Friday April 29 published the full administrative guidelines on the implementation of the e-levy.

The document lists the areas in financial transactions that are covered under the policy and the areas that are not.

The e-levy is expected to start on May 1.

“We had some meetings with Controller and Accountant Generals Department (CAGD) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and they have said right at the beginning of May they should be able to put their system together,” the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta told TV3’s Roland Walker in Parliament after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivered the State of the Nation Address on Wednesday March 30.

The GRA on Thursday April 28 modified the phased-approach for the implementation of the e-levy starting May 1.

In a statement, the GRA said “Following the Ghana Revenue Authority’s assessment of the general readiness of some Charging Entities to integrate with the E-levy Management System, the Commissioner General has decided on a modified phased approach for the implementation of the e-levy from 1st May.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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