Ghana President files his tax return

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, has filed his tax returns for the 2012 fiscal year at Kinbu of the Domestic Tax Revenue Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The president, who arrived at the tax office in the company of the executive secretary at the presidency Raymond Atugubah, the minister of Information Hon. Mahama Ayariga,  and other top government officials, was received by Commissioner of the Domestic Tax Revenue Division, Comfort Boohene. While this is not the first time he is filing his tax returns, President Mahama told journalists that he decided to make it public to whip up the enthusiasm of people to honors their tax obligations.

“All the good things that we want; the roads, utility services and others come from our taxes and we can only get them when we pay our taxes. I hope my symbolic gesture will help the Ghana Revenue Authority in their public education and awareness that everybody should pay their taxes”, he added.

In an interaction with the management of the GRA, the president pledged government’s commitment to providing the required logistics and other resources to assist their work. “The health facilities, schools, roads and other infrastructural development we want in this country cannot be achieved without tax collection, and that is why we shall do everything possible to empower you to perform.

He said the passing of legislations would help rope in more people and sectors into the tax net that would subsequently raise the Gross Domestic Product from the current 17 per cent to a higher percentage to enhance Ghana’s chances of becoming a middle income country.

He appealed to the staff of the GRA to cooperate with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to ensure smooth coordination that could speed up tax collection. Commissioner General of the GRA, George Blankson, said the harmonization and modernization of the revenue authorities enabled them to collect a total of GHC1.7 billion Cedis as tax last year and hoped that with more modernisation procedures they would perform better.

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