Gov’t U-turn on luxury vehicle tax “suspect”… group

The Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ) says it is “utterly amused” by government stated intention to review the luxury vehicle tax in its mid-year budget review.

The Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has indicated that the levy which has been heavily condemned will be adjusted in the mid- year budget review to be presented to parliament soon.

The Vehicle and Asset Dealers Association has already indicated that it will only accept a removal of the levy and not a reduction and has indicated its preparedness to join the Kum Yen Preko demonstration against the issue.

In a statement, Organisers of the Kum Yen Preko demonstration described the comments of the Finance minister as panic-stricken and a ruse to ensure that the groups that have spoken against the levy do not partake in the demonstration.

The statement copied to and signed by Secretary of the CSJ Ishaq Awudu indicated that what they see an attempt to discourage some groups from participating in the demonstration will not work.

“May we remind Hon. Ken Ofori Atta that Car dealers, Concerned Drivers and the Vehicle and Asset Dealers Association of Ghana (VADAG) have been very clear in their minds as to what they have been calling for. They have demanded a complete scrapping of the nuisance Luxury Vehicle Levy, to which the Akufo-Addo government has turned a deaf ear. This last ditch to hoodwink them into another forlorn hope will therefore not wash,” the CSJ indicated.