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Sunday, August 9, 2020
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  1. Paysafe study shows COVID-19 fueling online shift, payment preferences
  2. How the pandemic is solidifying contactless payments
  3. MoneyGram’s Walk-In Business Hit By Coronavirus As Digital Transactions Surge
  4. Visa says contactless use surged amid COVID-19
  5. MoMo Interoperability Grows by Over 350% in the first quarter of 2020
  6. Russia’s VTB Bank launches international card-to-card transfers
  7. Ghana Launches Africa’s First Universal QR-Code to Drive E-Payments
  8. IKEA Dubai to Allow Customers To Pay For Goods With Their Time
  9. Alibaba Extends $3B Loans to Coronavirus-Affected Firms
  10. ECG Prepaid Payments Goes Digital With Mobile App
  11. Ghanaians Urged to Embrace e-Payment as a lifestyle in 2020
  12. Africa’s Quiet Cashless Payments Revolution
  13. Ghana’s Payment System Is Challenged-Kweku Adoboli
  14. Dangers Of Large Currency Denomination Notes
  15. Bank of Ghana Introduces Higher-Denomination Banknotes and Coins
  16. Fintechs and MoMo Operators to Acquire License by June 2020-BoG
  17. GCB Bank To Issue Electronic Money
  18. Digitization Key to Formalizing Ghana’s Economy
  19. Google to Offer Checking Account
  20. Mobilemoney Interoperability Crosses GH¢90 billion
  21. Ghana to Launch a Universal QR-Code For Payments
  22. AirtelTigo Appoints New CEO
  23. Wirecard Acquires Chinese Payments Group for €109m
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  30. MTN Ghana: “More Taxes Would Injure The Mobile Money Sector
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  38. Ghana’s Tax Filing To Go Digital
  39. MTN Deepens Financial Inclusion For Women In Ghana
  40. Apple Launches a New Credit Card
  41. IT Consortium Is ISO 27001:2013 certified
  42. 8 Services You Don’t Know Exist On MTN Mobile Money
  43. Second phase of mobile money interoperability launched
  44. African Banks Must Work With Fintech Startups

A lot of literature and academic studies is available on the need for African countries to collect more tax revenue from citizens and businesses. The IMF has been imploring sub-Saharan countries to focus on expanding and diversifying their tax bases. Consequently, there’s also a growing trend of governments in Africa looking to tax the fastest-growing sector of the past two decades: the Mobile Money Sector.

Some countries have already experienced the repercussions of the implementation and increase in tax on Mobile Money services. Uganda saw a drop of about 33 percent in the adoption of mobile money services in three months and a revenue loss of USD 1.2 billion when the government imposed taxes on the industry. A number of workers and unions who receive wages through Mobile Money even resorted to demonstrations. The country has subsequently scrapped 3 out of the 4 levies imposed on mobile money transactions, namely depositing, sending and receiving cash. On July 16, 2019, the tax imposed on Mobile Money withdrawals was also reviewed downwards from 1% to 0.5%.

Mobile Money’s importance in the drive towards achieving a cashless economy cannot be overlooked, especially in developing countries. MTN Ghana believes that the imposition of additional taxes on mobile money service will negatively impact the industry,  and Ghanaians would be forced to resort to cash transactions. Eli Hini, the General Manager of Mobile Money at MTN Ghana said high taxes would stifle innovation, growth and financial inclusion, as well as derail the government’s cash-light and digital payment agenda.

At a forum in Accra, Hini mentioned that the relevant taxes are already being paid by customers who use mobile money service just like any other means of payment, and that all the operators in the mobile money value chain paid taxes on their business operations. The implementation of additional taxes would cause a negative ripple effect on the service, as well as other related industries, he said.

Hini also stated that the current mobile money wallet size of GHS 2,000 was too small and he entreats the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to review it upwards.

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