After nearly three months of back and forth including controversies among Parliamentarians and the general public, the E-Levy Bill was finally passed by Majority-sided Parliament on Tuesday, March 29 amid a Minority walkout.
As Ghanaians awaiting the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) to be implemented next month, the “Ghana Revenue Authority” (GRA) has come out to outline the transactions that will not be affected by the new tax policy.
According to the Authority, although the tax policy is to broaden the tax net, not all electronic transactions will come with a 1.5% tax rate.
In an interview on JoyNews’ Probe, Victor Yao Akogo, the Head of Compliance, Domestic Tax Revenue Unit at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), listed transactions that will not be affected by e-levy;
- A cumulative transfer of ¢100 made by the same person.
- A transfer between accounts owned by the same person.
- Transfers for the payment of taxes, fees and charges on the Ghana.gov platform
- Electronic clearing of cheques
- Specified merchant payments (that is, payments to commercial establishments registered with the GRA for income tax and VAT purposes)
- Transfers between principal, master agent, and agent’s accounts.
For the transfers that will be affected; a Principal Revenue Officer and Head of the Project Management Unit said the Authority, Isaac Kobina Amoako also said;
- Mobile money transfers done between accounts on the same Electronic Money Issuer.
- Mobile money transfers to a receiver on another Electronic Money Issuer [Interoperability transfer]
- Transfer from a bank account to [another person’s] mobile money account.
- From a mobile money account to [another person’s] bank account.
- Bank transfers on an instant paid digital platform.
“I received only Ghc 400 monthly” – Mary, former worker for Kumami Eugene reveals
Mary, a former personal assistant to popular Ghanaian musician Kuami Eugene, recently revealed in an interview that she was paid a monthly salary of just GHS 400 (about $50) during her employment with the singer.
Mary served as a live-in assistant, taking care of various household duties and personal needs for Kuami Eugene. However, despite the long hours and extensive responsibilities, she claims her compensation was far below standard wages.
“I was paid 400gh every month for my first years and they payment was increased to 500gh the next year, so it continued that way until recently when i was sacked he reduced my pay to 400gh for that particular month”
She went on to describe difficult working conditions and a lack of appreciation from her former employer. This has sparked a debate around the appropriate pay and treatment of domestic workers in Ghana.
Critics have accused Kuami Eugene, who regularly flaunts his wealth on social media, of exploiting his employee. But others have noted that low wages are common practice in the domestic service industry across the country.
Mary’s account has shed light on the broader issue of fair pay for domestic workers in Ghana. It has raised questions around the value placed on traditional “women’s work” and what constitutes ethical employment practices in private homes.
As Kuami Eugene remains silent regarding his former assistant’s allegations, many will be closely watching to see if or how the popular musician responds. In the meantime, Mary’s experience is fueling an ongoing public dialogue about labor rights and equitable treatment.
Here are 5 important tips for upcoming musicians to help their songs become popular
In Africa and fir that matter Ghana, our young and upcoming musicians struggle a lot to make their music gain recognition in the wider space, It has come to our concern as a team in ourmusicnewz.com to share some little knowledge we had through some thorough research based on the things upcoming should do to make their music blow.
Here are 5 important tips for upcoming musicians to help their songs become popular:
- Write great songs. At the end of the day, the song itself needs to be catchy, well-structured, and connect with listeners. Take the time to craft excellent melodies, lyrics, and arrangements.
- Promote online. Use social media, streaming platforms, YouTube, forums, etc. to get your music in front of new audiences. Release songs regularly, engage with listeners, use relevant hashtags and keywords.
- Play live shows. Performing live is a great way to build a local fanbase and gain new followers. Bring energy and stage presence to your shows.
- Network and collaborate. Connect with other artists, producers, industry people. Features and co-writes can help gain exposure. Support others too.
- Understand the business. Learn about publishing, royalties, copyrights, marketing, analytics, etc. Treat your music like a business and career. Get help from a manager if needed.
The key is balancing the art and passion of music with the business and promotional sides. Stay determined through the ups and downs. Success takes time but by working smart and perfecting your craft, you can maximize your chances of blowing up.
Teachers and nursing trainees allowances to be cancelled, Expert gives reasons
The implementation of students allowance has been a beneficiary and it support students learning in the country, according to a lot of research and thorough investigation made indicate that Nursing and Teacher Trainees Allowance will be cancelled in 2022 excluding feeding component, feeding component will still be released to the various colleges and institutions to prepare meal for the Trainees.
Government has made it clear to the public that the country is going through many difficulties in terms of financial issues due to this, the government find it difficult to pay Nurses and Teacher Trainees Allowance on time.
Government is considering to pay the remaining 2021 allowance debt which he is owning Nurses and Teacher Trainees in the year and this could be last payment of allowance to Trainees.
All Nurses and Teacher Trainees have bare witness that this academic year 2021 payment of allowance has been in installments as government always try to pay some part, this shows how difficulties the government find in the payment process of the allowance.
I know this information will be a disadvantage to Nurses and Teacher Trainees in the country but they need to be calm and hope for changes in the nearest future. This information is gathered according to my intensive investigation and predictive future of Students Allowance in 2022 as the country is suffering financially in dealing with the payment of Nursing and Teacher Trainees Allowance in 2021.
Thank you, but stay calm and hope for the best.
By Investigative Journalist: Ibrahim Ibn Abass Alonso, Sunyani Ghana.
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