July 13, 2024
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Ghanaian consumers pay up to 100% in indirect taxes on some goods – FABAG

The Food and Beverages Association of Ghana has revealed that Ghanaian consumers are paying exorbitantly high indirect taxes and levies on many basic goods.

According to a press statement released by the group, consumers pay up to 100% on the cost of some items due to various taxes imposed by the government.

The statement provides many examples of shocking price inflation due to taxes.

A tin of evaporated milk costs GHS8.5 before taxes, but retails at GHS15.5 after taxes, which is an 82% increase.

A bottle of beer costs GHS5 without taxes, but sells at GHS11 after taxes are added, which is a 120% jump.

Similar astronomical price hikes are seen on goods like spaghetti (110% increase), tin tomato (86% increase), 50kg bag of rice (100-120% increase), and chicken (130% increase for local chicken).

Other goods with huge tax-related price inflation include cooking oil (120% increase per box), used gas cookers (88% increase), canned sardines (109% increase), and car batteries (100% increase).

The exorbitant taxes mean the price of basic goods like a bag of rice can exceed the entire monthly salary of low-income earners like waiters and drivers.

Executive Chairman of the Association, John Awuni, cautioned that the high taxation is negatively impacting businesses and the economy.

He explained that the reduced demand from high prices results in lower sales volumes and production.

This slows business growth and means less revenue mobilisation for the government overall.

Mr Awuni advocated major tax cuts and the cancellation of some taxes in the 2024 fiscal year budget.

He argued this would boost private sector performance and trigger higher demand and sales.

According to him, the current taxation policy is stifling growth and makes smuggling attractive.

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