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Ghana Revenue Authority educates public on tax payment

By: Daniel Ofosu Dwamena
Emmanuel Kofi Nti  — The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority
Emmanuel Kofi Nti — The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority

As part of efforts to mobilise revenue to spearhead national development, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has rolled out a sensitisation programme to reach out to the tax-paying public.

The programme, which is a sequel to the national tax campaign launched in Accra recently, is to, among other things, create tax awareness and educate the public, especially those in the informal sector, to honour their tax obligations to the state.

Employees of the GRA went on a float through the central business district of Takoradi, popularly called the Market Circle, amid brass band music to tease the business community to attend the programme.

Speaking to the media after the exercise, an Assistant Commissioner at the Takoradi GRA Small Tax Office (STO), Mr Peter Ben Baah, appealed to prospective taxpayers to register with the GRA and called on debtors to also settle their  indebtedness.

He warned against tax evasion and called for an agreement between

A Medium Taxpayer Officer (MTO) at the Takoradi office, Madam Lysbeth Martin-Peprah, who spoke to the GNA on the sidelines, said the GRA had trained mobile workers to collect taxes with a record system (database) which monitored all tax payers to honour their tax obligations, and disclosed that about 500 taxpayers under her outfit in the Western Region honoured their tax obligations to the state.

Responding to agitations by some tax payers on the three per cent new tax regime introduced by the government, she said the GRA would continue to intensify its education on the need to pay the new tax rate and warned that tax payers who refused to pay their taxes at a stipulated period would pay interest, have their offices or shops sealed off or be arraigned before the law court. — GNA/GB