Dr Patrick Asuming, an economist with the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), has suggested to the government to reintroduce the luxury vehicle tax or other tax measures to save the economy from collapsing.
Speaking to Asaase News, Asuming said the government can consider addressing some of the teething challenges that led to the suspension of the luxury vehicle tax as it weighs alternatives to raise revenue.
“We really need to have a general discussion about how we raise more progressive taxes, so it was quite disappointing that when we introduced the luxury vehicle tax, for no clear explanation, it was taken back,” Asuming said.
“Are you suggesting that we should bring back the luxury vehicle tax?” the host of The Asaase Breakfast Show Kwaku Nhyira-Addo asked.
“Even if it’s not the luxury vehicle tax, there has to be additional tax measures that ensure that people are paying more,” he responded.
“Of course, there were difficulties in terms of, what type of vehicle was defined as luxury vehicle, that means you have to address that challenge,” Asuming said. “In every country, when you pass a law at times, there will be challenges, so you fix the challenges as the implementation goes on.”
“You don’t scrap the tax because of a challenge with implementation.”