GRA must target night market to expand tax net, says TJC Ghana

The chairman of the Tax Justice Coalition (TJC) Ghana, Vitus Azeem says roping in players in the night economy will enhance government's revenue

Tax Justice Coalition (TJC) Ghana wants the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to step up efforts to rope in “night market” operators into the tax net.

Businesses in this category also known as the night market economy includes night clubs, lounge bars, night shopping centres, artisans and grocery shops that work in the night.

Speaking at a news conference on the topic: “An analysis of the 2023 Mid-year Budget and Economic Policy” in Accra on Friday (25 August), the chairman of the coalition, Vitus Azeem said roping in players in the night economy will enhance the government’s revenue.

Vitus Azeem addressing the media

“We call on [the] government to amend the vehicle tax component to include the accommodation of public officers, as accommodation is also a benefit in kind.

“We urge GRA to take necessary steps to collect all capital gains tax, especially from the extractive sector which enjoys exemptions on imports; intensify its public education programmes on their digital platforms to enhance compliance,” Azeem said.

“Intensify efforts to collect taxes on additional oil entitlement from companies operating in the upstream petroleum sector; and take steps to rope “night market” operators into the tax net,” Azim added.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra


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