The Head of the Ho Small Tax Office (STO) of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Mr. Anthony Dekagbe, has said the refusal by entities to honour their tax obligations is a threat to national security and must be considered a criminal act.
He said the key national services, including security, would not function effectively in the absence of tax revenue, which was also the lifeline to developmental projects.
Mr. Dekagbe said this at a tax forum on Voluntary Compliance in Ho, which brought together sections of the taxpaying public and officers of the GRA.
“You are a threat to national security if you don’t pay your taxes. There will be no protection because our security services would not be paid. Key developmental projects would also suffer,” he said.
Despite tremendous efforts by the GRA in tracking down tax evaders, he said the goods sector still managed to dodge the tax net.
He said the Authority would continue to collaborate with security agencies in sealing the loopholes and enforcing tax compliance and would need more public support in widening the tax net.
He asked businesses to consider GRA as an ally, and partner it to flush out counterfeiters of tax stamps and other processes, saying; “let’s encourage all to pay their taxes to help develop the nation.”
“Your business grows as you relate with us. We are partners in growing your business, so if you have any problem, talk to us.”
Mr. Ernest Tsikata, the Second-in-command of the Ho Medium Tax Office of GRA, noted that the prosecution of delinquent taxpayers would help increase Gross Domestic Product.
He said to create convenience for tax contributors, the GRA maintained a flexible system for filing returns, and added that a digital taxpaying platform would be rolled out soon.
The forum, dubbed; “The Ghana Tax Dialogue on Tax Compliance and Responsibility,” was organised by OXFAM Ghana on the theme: “Addressing Policy Challenges and Regulatory Loopholes to Improve Tax Compliance in Ghana”.
Mr. Lord Lucas Vodzi, the Coordinator of Tax Justice Coalition, called for proper communication of tax policies to make the public and business entities not to view tax officers as enemies.
“The GRA must have a more friendly approach. They must seek to build relationships with clients and businesses, and must engage them constantly for better understanding of the tax regime,” he said.
- World Bank classifies Ghana as high debt distressed country; debt to GDP to hit 104%
- In pictures: Hundreds rendered homeless at Ashalaja
- While others mocked me, Seidu Agongo offered to help – Kofi Amoabeng
- ‘Suck a breast within October’ – Health expert advises men
- Police on manhunt for man flogging toddler in viral video
- ‘I have unfinished business with Black Stars’ – Milovan Rajevac
- Child Rights International places ¢10k bounty on head of man flogging toddler in viral video
- President’s son loses army post after Twitter spree
- Pay compensation to affected customers – PURC orders ECG
- E-levy: GRA blames charging entities for wrongful deductions
- Two sisters settling family feud on Big Chef
- Minority in Parliament pressures government to announce producer price of cocoa for 2022 season
- 25 killed as bus plunges into gorge in India
- Masloc begins training for its staff as nationwide digitisation rollout
- GFA launches Talent Identification and Development Programme
- Illegal miners torture suspected thieves on site
- Suicide is never an option – Funny Face
- #NoToGalamsey:The pledge to put my presidency on the line wasn’t bombast or recklessness – Akufo-Addo
- 2014 World Cup was problematic – Kwesi Nyantakyi
- Driving Schools Association to collaborate with MTTD to clamp down on unregistered drivers
- GOIL donates hospital beds to Asuom Health Centre in Eastern region
- Government not against mining but can’t accept ones that destroy our country – Akufo-Addo
- My government is yet to win galamsey fight – Akufo-Addo
- Global Citizen Festival was successful because of risks taken by organisers – Social Director
- Auctioning of vehicles at Tema Port to go online by end of October, 2022- GRA