Vodafone Ghana in legal battle over corporate taxes

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Vodafone Ghana is in hot water as it engages in a legal battle over an alleged six-year outstanding debt it owes the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The court case stems from allegations that Vodafone Ghana remitted funds to the tune of GHC 2.1 billion to its parent company, Vodafone Group, between the years 2012 and 2016, a claim officials of Vodafone Ghana refute vehemently.

Currently the Revenue Authority is demanding that Vodafone pays an amount of GH¢49 million, 30 per cent of GH¢160 million which is believed to be Vodafone Ghana's turnover since it took over Ghana Telecom in 2009.

In an affidavit filed by the GRA in response to a motion filed by Vodafone Ghana at the High Court of Justice Commercial Division in Accra against the GRA disputing tax assessments of over GH¢160 million, GRA has asked Vodafone to pay 30 per cent of the stated assessment while negotiations continue, which is what the law says, but Vodafone has requested a waiver from the Commissioner-General.

The writ filed at the Commercial Court in Accra, lists Vodafone Ghana as Ghana Telecommunications Co. Ltd. It states that “the lawyers of the Applicant shall move this Honourable Court praying for an order of certiorari, bringing up and quashing the decision of the Respondent demanding payment of 30 per cent of a disputed tax assessment and for an order of mandamus compelling the Respondent to determine the Applicant’s request for a waiver of said payment.”

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