Coronavirus: Akufo-Addo announces three months tax holiday for health workers
President Akufo-Addo has announced that all health workers in the country will not pay taxes on their salaries for the next three months as part of government’s incentive during the fight against coronavirus.
Additionally, all front line workers leading the fight against the dreaded disease will receive an extra allowance of 50 per cent of their basic salaries for the next three months.
“Government has also decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, ie, April, May and June. Furthermore, all front line health workers will receive an additional allowance of 50 per cent of their basic salary per month. That is for March, April, May and June,” the President said.
He explained that the March allowance will be paid together with that of April.
The President made the announcement when he addressed the nation on measures taken against the spread of coronavirus in Ghana Sunday, April 5.
Already, the government had imposed a two-week lockdown of some cities in the country. These cities are the Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Areas and the Kasoa area.
According to health authorities, these cities had been identified as the hotspots for the coronavirus which as so far killed five persons and infected 215 others as of April, 5.
There had been concerns of a possible extension of the lockdown in the affected areas but addressing the nation, President Akufo-Addo said the coming week would determine whetyher or not the extension will be possible.