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‘You and I are now here’

VICE-PRESIDENT DR MAHAMUDU Bawumia has teased a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice William Atuguba. He did so when they met at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Accra on Friday to participate in the launch of the Tax and Good Governance Week 2018.

Dr Bawumia, while running mate to candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the 2012 general election, together with the then Chairman of then Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, now of blessed memory, and Akufo-Addo, filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the 2012 Presidential Election results.

Justice Atuguba was the justice who presided over the nine-member panel that heard the petition and Dr Bawumia used the expression “You and I were not there” as response to certain questions posed by the panel, and expression that has more or less become his alias since 2013 when the petition was heard.

Therefore when Vice President Bawumia was joined by Justice Atuguba at the launch of the tax week,  Dr Bawumia jokingly said to Justice Atuguba, “You and I are now here,”  a statement that generated a lot of laughter.

The Vice President, who used the occasion to file his tax returns for 2017, challenged the GRA to develop a mobile App by April 2019 to enable Ghanaians to file their tax returns without walking to any GRA office.

Tax returns are final submission on the economic activities of registered businesses and persons in relation to their tax obligations.

Dr Bawumia revealed that only 1.5 million out of 6 million taxpayers currently pay their taxes in the country.

He described the development as worrying and urged all prospective taxpayers to honour their tax obligations to fast-track development.

The Vice President, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta and other government officials used the occasion to file their tax returns.

The Commissioner-General of GRA, Emmanuel Kofi Nti, warned that all those who fail to file their tax returns by the end of April, 2018 will face sanctions.

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