Tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is advocating for more investments in technology to make revenue mobilization easier across the country.
George Kwatia said, “Incidentally the e-portal is functioning but only in a very limited way. Currently, you can do some filing and you can effect some payments. It actually causes some delay, the GRA themselves are not excited about it but they are committed to ensuring that this e-portal will work effectively.”
Mr Kwatia was speaking at the JoyBusiness Knowledge Series: Powered by PwC – Intellitax: Paying Taxes Intelligently at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on Tuesday.
“We are looking at a situation where we could get decentralization nationwide where all systems and procedures would be working effectively and efficiently such that you can do your e-filing and effect your e-payment…”
The government has over the years struggled to meet its revenue targets. This is as a result of difficulties in collecting taxes across the country.
However, Mr Kwatia believes that once the e-portal system works effectively the country would be able to save cost and improve on compliance.
Earlier, the government announced the adoption of the Government of Ghana On-Line Services Portal and the Ghana e-Payment Platform (GEPP) to provide efficient means of accessing and transacting business with government agencies.
The Initiative was also expected to encourage timely government service delivery, promote a cashless economy, accountability and transparency, adding that the running of these e-platforms inevitably assured an increase in public accessibility of government services as well as ensure an increase in the volume of business between government and the public, improve revenue mobilization, enhance the economy by direct transfer of funds and reduce the administrative cost of government institutions.
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