The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Mark Okraku-Mantey has proposed that the government must introduce tax in the e-commerce space. He suggested that the government after its successful passage of the E-Levy bill must consider means to collect tax from Ghanaian YouTubers and others who make revenue from online businesses.
“My creative people are selling on YouTube, iTunes, bolt foods, uber, people are now buying clothes online, are they paying anything to the government? No, I think after the momo I think we need to go heavily online and then cyber to see what we can get from there,” he said.
Defending his comment during an interview on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, Mr Okraku-Mantey said the focus shouldn’t be just on YouTube and blogging sites but rather on every individual or entity making income on the internet.
He added “I am not sure the GRA is specialised in the eCommerce space yet. They will have to do more work on that”.