Sentuo Oil Refinery seeking $160m in tax waivers under 1D1F

The newly established Sentuo Oil Refinery Limited stands to receive the highest tax exemption among 42 companies if Parliament approves a request for exemptions totalling $335,072,712.13 under the government’s One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative.The proposed tax exemption for Sentuo Oil Refinery amounts to $164,633,012.00.

The tax exemption proposal, initially presented to Parliament in 2022 by former Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta under The Exemptions Act, 2022 (Act 1083), has sparked significant debate.The proposal has led to a deadlock in Parliament, with opposing views on the request for exemptions.The Minority in Parliament has raised concerns about the potential for corruption, suggesting that the exemptions may be a means for the ruling government to benefit their allies and cronies.

Conversely, the Majority argues that tax exemptions are crucial for businesses participating in the 1D1F initiative to thrive, thereby boosting economic growth and attracting significant investments into the economy.On May 17, 2024, the Majority reintroduced the request for tax exemptions to Parliament for consideration.