The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is celebrating tax and good governance week with a call on Ghanaians to file their taxes returns regularly to aid government in development.
The Assistant Commissioner, Tema Medium Tax Payers Officer, Mrs Eugenia Manful, who made this known to journalists in Tema, noted that the month of April is a Client Service Month as such there was the need to educate their clients on the essence of paying taxes.
She said as part of the celebrations, tax clinics would be set up in some selected areas in Tema where clients can be served.
Mrs Manful stated that the theme for the week long celebrations is “File your returns, Pay your taxes, Move Ghana beyond Aid” and it aimed at improving the compliance level of tax returns, filing and payments.
She revealed that a new system, Integrated Tax Appliance and Payments system (iTaps) has been launched, and it is a software for filing annual person tax.
She said she hoped at the end of the celebrations, the clinics would be used to reach more of their tax payers, rope more people into the systems and educate them to understand the tax systems.
Mrs Manful also stated that through such clinics, more people were getting to know the need to pay more tax.
She, however, appealed to all tax officers to do well to improve their work in tax collections since taxes help the country to build more social amenities.
She said the Tema Medium Tax Payers Office has exceeded its target for the first quarter of the year 2019 with a collection of 151,999,154 as against a target of 143,887,103.2 in the first quarter of the year 2019.
Story: From Na-ILLATU IDDRISU, TEMA