Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says he is shocked that graduates who benefited from the free Senior High School policy are against the E-Levy.
Addressing residents in Tamale on the need for them to support the levy, he said persons who have benefited from the free SHS have no business opposing the levy.
In making the case for the approval of the levy, the Minister said it would be prudent for us to accept it.
He said the debate about taxes shows that nobody wants to pay taxes and that is okay and it is fine to articulate that “but the bible also says we have to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to the Lord what belongs to Lord”.
The Minister said Ghanaians must accept that we need to approve the levy to help the government create better opportunities.
”So when I see the energy especially of which graduates who have gone through free SHS are against the E-levy, I ask whether they are calculating what the cost is?
”Truly who should be paying for it that you are saying that the state has done nothing for you since you were born? So I shouldn’t contribute?
He said we must begin to confront the situation as Ghanaians and accept the levy.
The Minister added that the world is changing and it is becoming more of E-Commerce. So the old way that we pay our taxes is no longer effective”.