The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is not against taxation, General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said.
Speaking at a forum organised by the biggest opposition party on the 2022 budget, which the NDC calls ‘Awudie Budget’, Mr Asiedu Nketia said: “Since we started attacking this budget, there’s been a misconception that NDC is against taxation and the propaganda has gone on to even indicate that we are nation wreckers: if we are not supporting taxation, how else do we intend to develop this nation?”
“I want to let everybody know that NDC is not against taxation. Indeed, our philosophy is based on taxation”, he told the forum, adding: “We believe in redistributive justice and taxation is a means of achieving redistribution of wealth in the country”.
He explained: “Our philosophy is hinged on the belief that once we have come together to live in one society … we believe that there must be taxation and our principle of taxation is: each according to his means”.
“So, those who have bigger means will pay more than those who don’t have”, he noted.
“So, while we are supportive of taxation, we are very conscious about what type of taxation and how that taxation is implemented”, he clarified.
“So, I want to debunk the assertion that NDC is against taxation”, noting: “In fact, when we come back to power, we’ll continue to use taxation but we’ll use taxation in a manner that we’ll achieve the objectives that we have set onto ourselves”.