As the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta prepares to present the 2019 Budget on Thursday, small business owners are upbeat of a reduction in taxes.
For the business community, government must try to reduce taxes at the ports and improve the processes of doing business.
Some market woman at Tema Station in Accra, appealed to government to announce measures that will improve working conditions at the markets.
Madam Esther Ahorlu who sells cosmetics wants government to address the high cost of clearing goods at the ports to reduce the prices of her products.
“They should reduce the taxes at the port. These things that I sell, they are all imported and they are expensive so people are refusing to buy my goods because of the price hike, “she lamented.
Another trader, Cecelia Okyere, appealed to government to put in the fiscal measures that will improve the wellbeing of ordinary people, including market women.
“Now when you come to the market, consumers don’t buy like it was previously. The Market condition is bad. I want the minister to announce economic measures that will put money in the pockets of people so that they can buy our goods,” she said.
Meanwhile, Transport owners are particular about the cost of spare parts and fuel.
A transport owner, Isaac Newton who said drivers would be happy if taxes on Spare parts are reduced further.
“Everything is expensive now. Fuel prices have affected everything and we have to also maintain our vehicles at a high cost. I want the minster to address that issue “he noted.
The 2019 budget will highlight how government intends to maintain macroeconomic stability, boost revenue streams and agriculture production while promoting private sector growth.