Oduro Osae to government: Make payment of taxes easier

Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency says the government must be innovative in making the payment of taxes easier to enable individuals contribute to national development

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  • "So, I believe in this Ghana beyond aid. The only thing is that we should widen the tax network, improve resource mobilization and gender confidence in Ghanaians that when they pay the taxes, we’ll be able to use it for the intended purposes."

The director-general of the Internal Audit Agency, Dr Eric Oduro Osae has urged the government to devise ways of making the payment and collection of taxes easier.

He said although the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been meeting its revenue mobilisation targets over the years, the proceeds are not enough to complement the government’s resources.

According to him, the GRA must update its target-setting approach to generate the needed revenue to support government business.

“We need a plan B and a plan C. And one of the plan B measures should be; quickly make the payment of taxes easier for people to pay. The next one is that make sure that people pay their taxes. I hear GRA saying they have exceeded their target, but if you’ve exceeded your target, the government is not getting the required revenue.

“…What it means is that their target is not enough to finance the government’s expenditure. So, we have to also look at the target setting approach of GRA. How do they set their target? So, all these things needed to be done in the shortest possible time and it can be done,” Dr Oduro said on The Big Bulletin.

Property tax and awareness creation

“First, the local government minister should work with the head of local government service to work with MMDAs to quickly step up their revenue mobilisation by way of property rate and revenue mobilization thus at the sub-national level. And two, GRA must work with other revenue agents at the national level to make sure that we seal the tax leakages and then we should do what we call tax awareness-raising; all of us should be part.”

“…The tax awareness is very low because people think that it is only corporate institutions that should pay taxes. So, we should be able to raise the awareness,” Dr Oduro told Beatrice Adu on Wednesday (23 March).

Nicholas Brown

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