Businessman and politician, Kennedy Ohene Agypong has berated the government for plans to tax goods at duty free shops in the country, saying ‘’you are killing us. We are fed up with your taxes.
The Ghana Revenue Authority has served notice that from the 1st of December 2018, goods bought from the duty free shops will be taxed.
But the ruling New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency in the Central region who is also a businessman said the government has disappointed the Ghanaian people through the introduction of several taxes.
According to him, it has become unbearable for traders and importers to clear their goods from the ports.
‘’I am a businessman and I feel it. It is too much. A friend of mine called Dacsota who brought in two containers had to abandon them to the port authorities because he realised the duty had shot up too high. I am bleeding and no one should come and rub it in. I will speak the truth. And when you bring the goods in and work for them, sometimes for 6 months and they haven’t paid you.’’ He said.
According to him, the government is being unfair to the business community, explaining that when they get the contracts to supply goods from abroad, they import the goods with dollars secured at commercial rates, and government pays using the bank of Ghana rates.
He called on government to work at reducing the taxes to allow for businesses to thrive, arguing that the current rate of taxes being heaped on Ghanaians was too much to bear.