‘Tax evaders are nation wreckers’ – Dep. Speaker

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Wusu, has charged Ghanaians to expose others who evade tax.

He, therefore, appealed to the citizenry to embrace the newly introduced Tax Identification Number (TIN) policy and be committed to tax payment.

According to the First Deputy Speaker, who also doubles as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai in the Ashanti Region, tax invaders were nation wreckers.

Mr Osei Wusu made the remarks in his address at a two-day workshop organised by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for Members of the Parliamentary Press Corps at the City Escape Hotel at Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

The Bekwai MP admonished the general public to contribute to the development of the country by paying their taxes to the state.

He explained that people who refuse to honour their tax obligations were not committed to the development of the nation.

Mr Osei Wusu also entreated the GRA to be effective in revenue mobilisation and public education.

He tasked the media to play their part when it comes to tax issues.

“When it comes to taxation you the media should be incorrigibly loyal to your country,” he added.

According to him, the policy introduced by the revenue hub will help in the increase of revenue mobilisation, emphasising that people who fail to honour their tax obligations were nation wreckers.

The Tax Identification Number (TIN), which was introduced in April 2018, is expected to broaden the country’s revenue to help increase developmental projects in the country.

Mr Osei Owusu further highlighted that the introduction of TIN will help the country in its financial growth.

Forhis part, the Technical Advisor to the Commissioner General of GRA, Mr Henry Yentumi, explained that the move by the authority is to increase the country’s revenue.

He was of the firm belief that the only effective means for the GRA to collect more taxes from people from all walks of life was by giving TIN to people who are 18 and above for easy identification and collection.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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