COVID Levy: People feel scammed – Kofi Bentil

The Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, has questioned why government is still implementing the the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy (COVID levy).

According to him, the tax has outlived its usefulness, thus ought to be scrapped.

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Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Thursday, Mr Bentil said the continuous implementation of the levy only reduces the trust people have in the government.

“Why are we still paying COVID Levy? The incidence of COVID-19 in this country was not as serious as other places. They claimed to have served some food, and whatever the expenditure around the pandemic is clearly problematic. You gave us free water and electricity for some months and for over a year, we’ve been paying for it.

“And now, it has become a tax handle nobody knows when it’s going to go away. That eats up the trust people have in government. People feel scammed,” he said.

The policy analyst further expressed the view that the existence of the COVID levy and others have eroded the trust Ghanaians have in the government.

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“Already there is a history that have made people feel that this government is scamming us.  Then you have the BOST Levy, TOR Levy and others and get no performance for them. So why are we still paying them?

“So I don’t think there is much trust in government,” he observed.


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