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Car dealers to demonstrate over luxury tax

By Clement Edward Kumsah

The Vehicle and Assets Dealers Association of Ghana has served notice that its members will soon demonstrate against the implementation of the recently-introduced luxury car tax.

President of the association, Eric Kweku Boateng, said the tax is not good for the country and such it will woefully affect the business.

Eric Kweku Boateng interview on Accra FM on Wednesday,  August 1, 2018, stated that  “We want the government to withdraw the tax or we will demonstrate.”

“The tax will affect our businesses negatively,” he added.

The Ghana Revenue Authority, GRA says the implementation of the law to levy vehicles with high engine capacities takes effect from today Wednesday,  August 1 2018.

Under the new tax regime, vehicles with engine capacity of 2950 Cubic Centimeters and more are required to pay tax.

In a statement, the Commissioner-General of the GRA, Kofi Nti said owners of such vehicles will be paying between GH¢1000.00 and GH¢4000.00. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) is authorized by the law to collect the levy on behalf of the government.

With effect from today Wednesday,  August 1, 2018, the levy shall be paid on the registration of vehicles and subsequently on or before the annual renewal of the roadworthy certificate of such vehicles.

The levy is also imposed on vehicles existing prior to the passage of the Law.

Also, vehicles whose road worthiness certificates have already been renewed prior to the passage of this Law in 2018 will pay the levy starting from their next renewal date in 2019.

Meanwhile, the following categories of vehicles are exempted from the levy, tractors, ambulances, commercial vehicles that have the capacity to transport more than ten persons, commercial vehicles for the transport of goods and other exemptions as may be prescribed by the Minister responsible for Finance.

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