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Avoiding tax is sheer selfishness

SINCE THE Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) began enforcement of the tax stamp to ensure all who are required to pay tax do so, the DAILY HERITAGE is reliably informed that some unscrupulous individuals have resorted to producing products at midnight for sale to avoid detection by the GRA.

This act is not only selfish but criminal on the part of those who take pride in evading tax. Why evade tax when you want to enjoy constant electricity, water supply and other basic amenities?

We need to pay our taxes for the necessary revenue generation by the government to embark on the development projects we all want.

It is for this reason that we agree with the government in its decision to enforce tax compliance measures to enable it to achieve revenue targets for 2019.

Speaking at a budget forum in Accra, the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta said all efforts would be made to enforce the measures to ensure that individuals and businesses fulfilled their tax obligations to the State.

“Companies and individuals must pay their taxes so we want them to pay. They should not wait for us to come at them before they pay. It is an obligation they must fulfill and we will not relent in ensuring that they do what is expected of them,” he said.

Mr Ofori-Atta said the GRA would be working very actively with the Auditor General and the Special Prosecutor to enforce compliance.

Mr Ofori-Atta said enforcing tax compliance alone would help the government achieve its domestic revenue estimates of GH¢57.8 billion.

Of the amount, non-oil tax revenue is expected to rake in about GH¢42.9 billion, reflecting the impact of expected improvement in tax compliance and reforms in revenue administration.

We welcome the move by the government and urge all the enforcing agencies, especially, the Special Prosecutor to punish very severely all who would be found wanting to serve as deterrent to others.

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