Posted: Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at 9:00 am

Communication Service Tax amendment waste of Parliament’s time – Opare Ansah

Communication Service Tax amendment waste of Parliament’s time - Opare Ansah

Ranking member on Parliament’s Select Committee on Communication, Fredrick Opare Ansah is warning government may face legal action if it pushes Parliament to approve the amendment of the Communication Service Tax passed in 2008.

Government has presented a paper seeking approval to amend the bill and impose additional taxes on receiving of international calls and email.

Fredrick Opare Ansah who is the Member of Parliament for Suhum tells Joy News the consumers will be double taxed if government succeeds in securing parliament’s approval.

He also warned the development could open the government to legal suits.

“It doesn’t make sense, we make laws to cure defects; what defects are we curing?” he questioned, warning “I don’t think it matters whether Parliament legislates it or not, if anybody takes this to the Supreme Court afterwards, the Supreme Court will quash it. It is a total waste of Parliamentary time.”

But deputy Finance Minister Ato Forson says the amendment is only seeking to block loopholes in the bill which has resulted in huge revenue loss to the state.

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