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Government Seeks IMF Permission to Cancel 15% VAT on Electricity, Reports Say

  • The Government of Ghana has agreed to cancel the 15% VAT on a section of electricity consumers.
  • The decision was made at a cabinet meeting held on February 2, 2024.
  • The VAT was initially implemented as part of measures to raise government revenue under the IMF bailout program.
  • The government will now engage in dialogue with the IMF to find a solution for the revenue shortfall caused by the cancellation of the VAT on electricity.
  • The government plans to reduce expenditure to compensate for the revenue shortfall.
  • The final decision on completely cancelling or significantly reducing the VAT on electricity will be reached after discussions with the IMF.
  • The implementation of the VAT on electricity has caused public outrage, with organized labor threatening to go on strike if the tax is not scrapped.
  • The leaked letter from the Ministry of Finance stated that the VAT would be charged for residential customers above a specified consumption level, starting from January 1, 2024.
  • The VAT implementation is part of the government’s Medium-Term Revenue Strategy and the IMF-supported Post Covid-19 Programme for Economic Growth.


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