5,000 Ghanaians In Affluent Communities Evade Taxes – GRA

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has identified 5,000 Ghanaians who despite operating different levels of businesses in the country avoid paying taxes to the government.

Disclosing this at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Assistant Commissioner of GRA, Dr. Charles Addae, said the culprits of the anomaly were mostly people between 35 and 65 years old and residing mostly in the top 10 affluent communities of the country.

He said “when we look at the records, we have seen 5,000 people that are high potential individuals who have businesses and living within Ghana. I am not talking about Greater Accra alone. They have houses in places like East Legon and other affluent areas.

“However, we have been able to identify their telephone numbers and they do not have tax identification numbers (TIN) so we are chasing them,” he added.

Dr. Addae also disclosed that the authority has identified a further 20,000 Ghanaians of high earning professions who have not registered for their TIN and will in due time, the authority will take appropriate action against them.

He urged Ghanaians who have not filed their tax returns to take advantage of the government’s penalty and interest waiver regime to file their taxes so as to not attract any punishment.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

The number is even small, most companies , smaller and big business all invade taxes in Ghana and it’s normal, the collectors when they come around they don’t do the necessary procedure you persuade them small with money then they overlook and leave. So GRA should make us think kraa

I am not an Economic expert so I can’t speak to the technicalities behind their evasion of taxes. But one thing is very clear: they are very irresponsible citizens.

It is obligatory to pay tax as a citizen of a country. But there is one thing that most business operators take into consideration, thus what do they use the tax I pay for? The people who they claim in a way or the other have breached the law yh.
But they must see the impact of the tax they pay. If not, they will continue that way.

This is exactly what they miss when after collecting the taxes from them. If the tax payer does not see what his tax is used for why should it interest him or her to pay it again.
He might think he is just making money for some ideal fools to embezzle.