Abubakari Ibrahim Wangara, GNA
Wa, Sept. 21, GNA – Alhaji Abdulai Abubakari,
the Coordinating Director of Upper West Regional Coordinating Council (RCC),
has called on Ghanaians to accept to live up to their tax obligations to enable
government realize its goal of moving Ghana Beyond Aid.
He said the only way government could achieve
it developmental agenda and bring progress to everybody was for every Ghanaian
to contribute their quota by paying their taxes.
“Let us all be law abiding citizens”, he
Alhaji Abubakari was speaking at a tax
education seminar held in Wa by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
The goal was to aid the people to have better
understanding of why they needed to pay tax.
Mr Henry Atampugbire, the Wa Sector Commander
of Customs Division of GRA, said the division was seeking to ensure that there
was tax compliance.
The GRA customs division is one of the three
divisions mandated to assess, collect, protect and account for all indirect tax
revenues on imports and selected exports.
It is also to make sure that all customs laws
on prohibited and restricted goods in Ghana are enforced.
He said inadequate human resource was one of
the major challenges affecting their operations in the region.
In 2017, the division had staff strength of 108
but the figure was now down to 62, he added.
He said the removal of barriers along the
roads from the frontiers to other parts of the country had resulted in the
diversion of transit goods into the local markets without the payment of custom
duties and other taxes.
Mr Ebenezer Mensah, Acting Assistant
Commissioner of the Wa Domestic Tax Revenue Division of GRA, reminded all
income earners to make sure that they paid their taxes.
“Taxes collected, direct or indirect, domestic
or foreign, levies, duties, interest, penalties are used to develop the
country’s infrastructure and payment of government workers.”
He said the creation of statutes and tax laws
were constantly being reviewed to address development challenges facing the
It was in the light of this, that there was
the need for regular tax education to enable tax payers and potential tax
payers become well informed about new policies and regulations on taxation.