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False news: NPP Communications Director retracts assertion that gambling makes young people sluggish

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A widely circulated anti-betting remark attributed to Richard Ahiagbah, director of communications for the New Patriotic Party, has been denied.

On Thursday, April 6, the following statement was trending on social media: “Betting is making the youth sluggish; a 10% winning tax is another technique to minimise the number of adolescents who bet.”

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A widely circulated anti-betting remark attributed to Richard Ahiagbah, director of communications for the New Patriotic Party, has been denied.

On Thursday, April 6, the following statement was trending on social media: “Betting is making the youth sluggish; a 10% winning tax is another technique to minimise the number of adolescents who bet.”

Gamblers should be prepared to have 10% of their winnings withdrawn as tax if a recently enacted measure by Parliament receives the president’s approval, as part of the government’s aim to broaden the tax base and raise domestic tax income.

On Friday, March 31, 2023, the legislature had an extra session and approved three new tax laws.

The Excise Duty Amendment Bill 2022, the Growth and Sustainability Levy Bill, and the Income Tax Amendment Bill 2022 are the three new taxes.

The legislation were submitted to Parliament as part of the government’s aim to mobilise domestic income and collect roughly GH4 billion yearly.

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