GRA to check excise tax stamps through road blocks

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The Acting Commissioner General of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah has hinted that, the Authority as part of its nationwide enforcement activities, would be mounting road blocks to check Excise Tax Stamps, VAT invoices on goods being transported and imported doucument among others.

He made this known at a press conference to express their appreciations to the media and all those who supported them during the fire outbreak at their Circle offices.

Mr. Ammishaddai however, cautioned taxpayers, saying, the fire outbreak have not shifted their focus from their goal of maximizing revenue.

“All returns must be submitted; all payments must be made by due dates. Indeed, all tax transactions must be fulfilled by the due dates”.

GRA, according to the Acting Commissional-General is awaiting for the report of the fire outbreak from the Ghana National Fire Service to determine the next line of action with regard to the building.

The Authority he voiced out, have put in place measures to assist the affected staff in dealing with the loss suffered by offering them with counselling and psychological support.

Meanwhile, to ensure the smooth running of operations after the fire outbreak, staff from the affected offices have been redeployed to other GRA offices to enable them work effectively and also make it convenient to taxpayers of Large Taxpayer Office (LTO) and Adabraka Medium Taxpayer Office (MTO) to transact business with the Authority.

Other measures employed by GRA to rake in more revenue he indicated, are the intensification of prosecution of defaulting taxpayers.

He entreated all taxpayers whose names have been published in the dailies, to come forward to settle their tax debts and failure to do that will lead to prosecution actions being initiated against them.

The Authority Mr. Ammishaddai mentioned has in the past years fallen short of its revenue target, but added that tax revenue in 2019 grew by 12.8% over last year’s collection.

“This year, we are working assiduously to ensure that come December, 2019 we would have attained the target albeit it is an arduous task”.

He assured that GRA would continue to intensify its tax education and stakeholder engagements, expedite the digitization move to make tax payment convenient and increase registration for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), among others.

“The GRA is also committed to the transformation and reform agenda stipulated by the Ministry of Finance which are expected to make revenue collection more efficient. If we do not improve on the methods we use to collect revenue, especially by taking advantage of the technological advances in this sector, we stand the risk of remaining unproductive and inefficient.

The following arrangements have been made by GRA in the meantime; Large Taxpayers who transact their business at the LTO can transact business at the following offices;

Kinbu Sub LTO, at the Head office, Ministries
Kaneshie MTO, Dadeben Road, Katenit, Building. Kaneshie Industrial area
OSU MTO, Mission Street, Papaye Down
Legon MTO, Okponglo opposite University of Ghana Stadium
Tema MTO, Tema Community 2, Roundabout
Taxpayers of the Adabraka Medium Taxpayer Office are to transact their tax business at the Adabraka Small Taxpayer Office located near the Adabraka Police Station.

Story by: William Sarpong/sharpnewsgh.com

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