SIMPLIFY YOUR CHANNELS OF COLLECTING REVENUE, REGIONAL MINIS …
At the 2021 annual Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Management retreat held in Koforidua, Eastern Regional Capital, the Honourable Regional Minister, Mr Seth Kwame Acheampong has urged management and commissioners of the organization to come out with simplified channels of collecting revenue from taxpayers as the organisation seeks to digitize its core operations.
Speaking on the theme for the year “DIGITIZATION AND COMPLIANCE FOR EFFECTIVE REVENUE MOBILISATION “, Hon. Acheampong called for the need to use Information Technology tools available to make payments of tax more convenient and enjoyable.
Touching on the importance of tax to the national economy, Hon. Acheampong said if the nation would be able to wean itself from foreign aid, build good roads, good ducation, good Healthcare etc., its citizens must be educated about their responsibility to pay tax. He therefore encouraged all residents in the Region to honour their tax obligations in order to move the country forward.
Hon. Acheampong ultimately commended GRA for last year’s successful performance in achieving its revenue targets even though the country was heavily hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rev. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, the Commissioner-General of GRA said the organisation has challenged itself to collect total revenue of GH₵60 billion this year. This he said represent 32% increase over last year’s target.
He was therefore optimistic that with the right strategies, dedication, commitment, and teamwork the organisation would be able to achieve its target for the year. Hon. Abena Osei Asare, Deputy minister-designate for Finance, speaking on behalf of the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Attah congratulated GRA for their hard work and peculiar achievements of meeting its revenue in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said the government implemented several tax waivers for health workers and implemented social intervention programs that helped in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
She added that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision for Ghana beyond aid can be achieved if taxes were collected to provide income for the government since Internally Generated Revenues would play an important role for the Ghana beyond aid agenda to be achieved.
She urged the GRA to put in place structures to make access, compliance, and filling of taxes easier and convenient, adding that government would continue to come out with innovations to make the objectives of the GRA achievable.