Ursula Owusu-Ekuful lied about UK’s 10% Digital Services Tax
She courted people to accept the E-levy
A Plus described her as “Christopher Columbus”
Kwame A Plus, a political activist and musician, has accused the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, of lying about a 10% tax on digital services in the UK.
The minister at a public meeting on the controversial government tax on electronic transactions (E-levy) in Koforidua said the E-levy of 1.7% is the lowest rate for any tax in Ghana.
She added that for other countries like the UK, they pay 10% digital services tax.
“E-levy is being introduced at the lowest rate for all taxes in Ghana, compared to 1.75%. Less than 2%. In other countries, digital taxes are being introduced at a rate of up to 10% , and they are paying. This is the UK,” Ursula Owusu-Ekuful told residents of Koforidua.
Checks carried out by the GhanaWeb FactCheck office revealed that the minister’s claims were completely false.
According to gov.uk, from April 1, 2020, the government has introduced a new 2% tax on revenue from search engines, social media services and online marketplaces that derive value from UK users.
Through this tax, businesses would be subject to the Digital Services Tax where their worldwide revenue from such digital activities exceeds £500 million and more than £25 million of that revenue comes from UK users.
Additionally, the DST will ensure that there is a £25m allowance, which means the first £25m of a company’s revenue from UK users will not be subject to the tax. on digital services.
Reacting to this, A Plus described the minister as “Christopher Columbus” in a post on its Facebook timeline. He shared various reports on the Minister’s claim and the FactCheck performed and wrote that she [Ursula Owusu-Ekuful] was caught pants down.
“Christopher Columbus is a woman in Ghana and she was caught pulling her pants down!!” his message read.
On November 17, 2021, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta announced the introduction of a 1.75% tax on all electronic transactions when presenting the 2022 budget to parliament.
According to him, this new directive is part of the strategies to widen the country’s tax net.
He added that the 1.75% tax also aims to boost financial inclusion and protect vulnerable people in the country.
The electronic levy since its announcement by the Minister of Finance has drawn public reactions from some Ghanaians, especially members of the minority caucus.
At a recent press conference, the minister presented a number of changes to the bill and announced that the government was continuing to engage stakeholders on the bill before resubmitting it to MPs.