Posted: Friday 6th June 2014 at 11:06 am

GRA settles on list of 17.5% financial services tax


The Ghana revenue Authority (GRA) has finally settled on the list of services that would attract the 17.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) and National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL).

According to a letter from the Authority to the Bankers and  signed by its Commissioner-General, George Blankson, the 32 fee-based services would attract the tax from July 1, 2014. 

The list of fees, commissions and similar charges for financial services that are subject to the tax was developed by the Technical Committee for the Implementation of VAT Act 2013 (Act 870) which was made up of representatives of the Ghana Bankers Association of Bankers, the Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Revenue Authority and approved by the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper.

Find below the full list of financial services that would attract the 17.5% VAT:

1.     CURRENT ACCOUNTS (Foreign/Local) – CORPORATE BODIES ONLY

2.     BANK DRAFT (PAYMENT ORDER)
3.     STOPPED CHEQUES
4.     RETURNED CHEQUES
5.    COMMISSION ON TURNOVER (CORPORATE BODIES ONLY)

6.     OVERDRAFT PROCESSING OR RENEWAL FEE
7.     REVOLVING ACCEPTANCE CREDIT
8.    ARRANGEMENT FEE FOR FACILITIES
9.    STATEMENTS AND CERTIFICATES OF BALANCE
10.  CLEARING CHARGES
11.  CHEQUES FOR COLLECTION
12.  STANDING ORDERS
13. TELEPHONE BANKING
14.  SAFE CUSTODY
15. CHEQUE BOOKS
-  Sale of cheque leaflet
-  Replacement of Lost Cheque Book
16.   DEBIT CARDS AND CREDIT CARDS
17.    REVOLVING CREDITS
18.   COLLATERAL MANAGEMENT
19.   TRANSFER OF DOCUMENTS TO OTHER BANKS
20.    GUARANTEES/BONDS/TENDER/PERFORMANCE
21.    REQUEST FOR FOREX DRAFTS
22.   OUTWARDS TRANSFER: SWIFT/TELEX
-  Drafts/Money Orders – Customer
23.   TRAVELLERS CHEQUES, DRAFTS
24.   CHEQUE LODGEMENTS – (FOR CORPORATE BODIES AND THIRD PARTIES ONLY)

25.    EVACUATION FEE (CASH-IN-TRANSIT)
26.    UNPAID STANDING ORDER
27.   CLOSURE OF ACCOUNTS
28.    REMOTE BANKING SERVICES
-  Online Banking (Internet)
-  E-statements
-  E-clients
-  Phone banking
-  SMS banking
-  Mobile Banking
-  Monthly subscription
-  Financial Transaction Fee
29.   LENDING FEES
-  Commitment Fee (Arrangement fee, Processing fee, facility fee)

-  Processing Fee
-  Property Valuation Fee (Open market value)
-  Guarantee Commission
-   Bid Security
-  Bank Credit Letter (Letter of Intent)
-  Mobilization Guarantee
-  Retention Guarantee
-  Performance Bond
-  Default or restructured
30.   OTHER LOANS, EXCLUDING SALARY ADVANCE
-  Arrangement Fees
-  New Loans
-  Top-Ups
-  Early Settlement Fees
31.   LETTERS OF CREDIT (IMPORTS)
Establishment Commission
-  Arrangement Fee
* Presentation under L/C Drawings Amendments:
-  Increase in Amount
-  Extention of period
-  Extention of period – another quarter
-  Discrepancy Other amendments:
32.   DOCUMENTARY BILLS FOR COLLECTION (IMPORTS)
Handling charges – customers Negotiation Commission

-  Advice of fate
-  Bills deleted
-  Protest Payment Commission
-  Holding charges (per quarter)
Prior Approval – Customers with:
-  Own Resources
-  Telex/Cable charges
- Swap charge
  Customers allocated funds from Bank;
        ExchangeTelex / Cable charges
 

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