Home Business Don’t pass expenditure lines in 2023 Budget – Tax Justice to Parliament

Don’t pass expenditure lines in 2023 Budget – Tax Justice to Parliament


The Tax Justice Coalition is asking parliament to refrain from passing the expenditure lines proposed in the 2023 Budget and Economic Policy presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

According to the Coalition, the Minister of Finance acted in variance with the laws of the country when he disbursed funds meant for emergency purposes to the National Cathedral Secretariat.

In a statement to Joy Business, the coalition said it has noticed with concern the budget line “Contingency Vote” that appears in Ghana’s Annual Budget and Economic Policy Statement over the years and wishes to call on Ghana’s Parliament not to approve the expenditure line in the 2023 Annual Budget and future Budgets.

It described as unacceptable the contingency vote amounting to ¢1.41 billion, ¢3.41 billion, ¢5.9 billion and ¢14.5 billion for 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, respectively, saying “this is unacceptable as it defeats the purpose of budgeting and subverts the approval powers by Parliament”.

“This is because the practice is at variance with the laws of the country. The laws have prescribed the procedures that the Minister of Finance must follow in order to cater for unforeseen and unbudgeted expenditures that come up after the budget has been approved”.

“In other words, there is NO provision for a Contingency Vote in Ghana’s 1992 Constitution and there is also NO provision for it in the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) and its predecessor Financial Administration Act, 2003 (Act 654)” it explained.

Furthermore, it also indicated that The Contingency Vote was introduced in the 1990s to cater for unforeseen activities and expenditures but mainly for public Workers’ salary revisions after the budget has been approved.

On the contrary, the Constitution and the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) (PFMA) have provided procedures for the Minister of Finance and, for that matter, the Government to deal with any unforeseen activities and expenditures.

DISCLAIMER: The Views, Comments, Opinions, Contributions and Statements made by Readers and Contributors on this platform do not necessarily represent the views or policy of Multimedia Group Limited.

Source link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here