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Additional $13.3M Tax Waiver for MPs, Council of State Members Amid $28M for Car Loan

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Members of the Ghanaian Parliament, as well as members of the council of state are to receive an additional 13.3 million dollars as tax waiver on the import duty for the purchase of vehicles.

Despite the $28 million car loan for MPs and $3.5 million for Council of State members, these civil servants are expected to receive a tax waiver on vehicular import duties to the tune of over 10 million dollars.

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This proposal was brought before the house by the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Ebenezer Kojo Kum. He was acting on behalf of the Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

“Request for waiver of the Import Duty, Import GETFund Levy, Import NHIL, Import VAT, EXIM levy, COVID-19 Recovery Levy, Special Import Levy, ECOWAS Levy, AU Levy, Inspection Fees, and Withholding Tax (ITS Tax Deposit) amounting to the Ghana Cedi equivalent of thirteen million, three hundred and eighty-seven thousand, five hundred United States Dollars (US$13,387,500.00) on vehicles to be procured for Members of Parliament of the Eighth Parliament of Ghana (2021-2024) and the Members of the Eighth Council of State (2022-2024)”

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Already, there has been a huge public outcry with respect to the loans for MPs amidst the economic challenges the country is battling. In other news, the Finance Committee of parliament has proposed that the government facilitation of loans for MPs in the purchase of vehicles should be discontinued after this one.

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